Date: 13th January 2012 at 10:43pm
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Entering the game as under dogs, eliminated FA Cup holders, last Sunday.

The Champions went into the game following back to back league defeats against Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle and , who featured in the win against the Etihad outfit, believes there was no better comeback than the win against their city rivals.

Rio Ferdinand told MUTV, the club’s official TV station:

“I don’t think it’s advantage United now. It’s too early to say. We are all around the same area and fighting for the same thing. You all have your peaks and troughs in the season.

“You always know there will be ups and downs during the season. We had a bad week the one before the City game, losing two games. But there’s no better game to come back than against Manchester City. It was a great first half.

“In the second [half] we took our foot off the gas and let them back in the game but the results is the most important thing and we got through to the next round.

“Hopefully Manchester City and Tottenham will experience lows that go on a lot longer and we can get a few players back from injury and push on.”

The Red Devil’s have had to deal with a lot of injuries in the first half of the season and the United number 5 believes no other club in the Premier League could have dealt with the problem as and his men have done,

“If any other club in the league had the same amount of players out as we have had, they wouldn’t be sitting where we are. That speaks volumes for our squad and that’s why when I am in the changing room I’m more than happy with the people I see around me.

“That said, a level of consistency in team selection is good for the manager. When we’ve been successful at this club, we’ve always had a steady nucleus of players who have played most of the games. The sooner we can get back to that, the better.”