Ferdinand under no illusions despite Manchester United's early form

After an impressive opening quarter of the campaign saw the Red Devils qualify from their Champions League group with two games to spare, the defender insists he is staying focused
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is adamant he and his team-mates aren't getting carried away with things, despite his team's strong start to the campaign.

United are a point clear at the top of the Premier League table after 10 games, and have secured their place in the next round of Champions League already - a far cry from last season's group stage fiasco.

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But Ferdinand insists his side are simply where they want to be at this stage, with his experienced head well aware that there is an awful long way to go.

"I wouldn't say we are over-happy," Ferdinand explained to Sky Sports. "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.

"It is still too early to look at the league table and start singing and dancing."

Ferdinand's appearance in the win over Braga on Wednesday was his 10th of the season so far, and he hopes he can form a good understanding with Jonny Evans at the heart of the team's defence.

"I have not been speaking about my injuries over the past few months because there haven't been any," he added. "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."