SpecialOne Enoughsays Dragons Byref Inlate Maynot Be Ferdinand; 'I like the Stadium, the Opponent, the 'Difficulty of the Game' - Jose Mourinho Rio: Chelsea Are the Ones with Ground to Make Up

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SpecialOne Enoughsays Dragons Byref Inlate Maynot Be Ferdinand; 'I like the Stadium, the Opponent, the 'Difficulty of the Game' - Jose Mourinho Rio: Chelsea Are the Ones with Ground to Make Up


Byline: SIMON STONE MAN UTD V CHELSEA TONIGHT, 8PM

RIO FERDINAND has admitted the Mourinho factor offers a fresh twist to Manchester United's Premier League clash with Chelsea - but he says it does not necessarily mean the Londoners will get any closer.

United finished 14 points ahead of Chelsea last term, and the title was already secure by the time Juan Mata scored the only goal at Old Trafford in May.

So even though David Moyes has struggled to bring in the reinforcements he feels are necessary for his own squad, it would seem Mourinho has more to do as he has that ground to make up.

Yet the bookmakers have still installed Chelsea as championship favourites - perhaps partly because of Mourinho factor. Ferdinand can hardly ignore it. But he has been around for long enough to know charisma itself cannot secure silverware.

"The fact they have a new manager adds a new dynamic to the game," said Ferdinand.

"Mourinho obviously has a big personality. He has been there before so he knows the league.

"He is newsworthy. It makes good reading for the public with him around.

"Whether it helps them get closer to where we were last year remains to be seen.

"It will certainly have no bearing on the way we approach the game."

Moyes seems to be relishing his role as underdog, claiming: "We are getting written off quite often.

"In the main this club tends to say 'we'll show you' if that is the case. It is in my nature. It was definitely in the previous manager's nature."

Yet if United are seen as underdogs, part of that is also Moyes' doing.

It was the Scot who made such an issue of United's tough start, which after Monday's game sends them to Liverpool before a trip to Manchester City on September 22.

Yet Ferdinand does not see it as being much of an issue.

Rather than worry about where United might be if results do not go the way they want, he prefers to take a more positive view.

"That run of fixtures is good for the media. It makes a story," said Ferdinand.

"When I first looked at them I thought it is a tough start for the new manager.

"But it is an exciting start too.

"If we are in a good position after these first six games the confidence will be great. …

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