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Defender says Scot keeps everyone in check at the club and claims you would never see a player sulking after disagreeing with a decision made by the Red Devils boss

Rio Ferdinand has praised Sir Alex Ferguson for the tight grip he has on the Manchester United squad.

The Red Devils centre-back insists there are no cliques at Old Trafford and says none of the club’s players would ever publicly vent their frustration at a decision made by the manager.

He was quoted as saying by The Mirror: "You don’t see anyone come off the pitch shaking their head or being disgruntled or sitting on the bench in a sulk at this club.

"That’s because everyone is delighted to play for this club and they all want to be here.

"The moment you show a bit of dissent like that, the manager pulls rank, and rightly so.

"It keeps people on their toes. People want to play here, they don’t want to be part of any other squad, and that’s the way it is at United.

"It comes out of respect for the manager, the club itself and the people who are here before you and present as well.

"There’s an unwritten rule here. You see it in the changing-room before games - there are no cliques.

"Players are wishing each other well before games, even if someone else is playing in your position. That’s just the way we are."

The experienced defender also maintained that the upcoming FA Cup clash against Manchester City should be treated as just another game, to avoid underestimating the opponents following their heavy handed defeat to Liverpool.

He said: "That’s true but that can easily change with one bad result. So we need to make sure we put the bad result they had against Liverpool out of the equation and treat it like any other game.

"City have invested heavily in a lot of players so they’ve got a lot of talented players to come in [if Carlos Tevez is injured]. You don’t spend £27 million on a player who is average.

"Edin Dzeko is a good player, he’s played Champions League football for a few years, he’s won the league in Germany, so he’s a good player. We won’t be underestimating City."

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