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Ferdinand keeping feet on ground

Rio Ferdinand is refusing to get carried away with Manchester United's start to the season and will wait until the Christmas programme is over before evaluating their chances of success.

United hit the top of the Premier League table for the first time last weekend, and booked their place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Braga on Wednesday.

But despite those positives, Ferdinand believes it is too early to make predictions about what will happen come May.

"I wouldn't say we are over-happy,'' he said. "We are in the position we want to be. We set our stall out at the beginning of the Champions League to make sure we qualify comfortably. We have done that with games to spare.

"But in the league, Christmas is when we really evaluate it. If we are in the same position then as we are now, we would say it is a good start to the season. But it is still too early to look at the league table and start singing and dancing.''

Ferdinand was also adamant his injury problems are now behind him.

"I have not been speaking about my injuries over the past few months because there haven't been any,'' he said. "Over the last 18 months I have managed it really well. The club have helped me. It is testament to the medical and science department that they have been able to help me along.

"It means I have been playing consistently, week in, week out. If the manager needs me to play in the midweek games, that is fine as well. I am more than capable of doing that, as I have proved over the past 18 months.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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