Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand says their weekend hammering by Liverpool is the wake-up call they need to make sure the Premier League title remains at Old Trafford.
The champions were left stunned on Saturday when Rafa Benitez’s men went on the rampage and romped home with a 4-1 rout. The victory cut United’s lead at the top to four points, albeit with a game in hand, and now Ferdinand has warned his team-mates they can ill afford any further slip-ups.
"We have got a rude awakening," admitted Ferdinand. "None of us has been taking anything for granted but subconsciously there may have been complacency. Losing any game is disappointing but losing to a team whom we have such a big rivalry with is even worse. And the scoreline takes it beyond that.
"It is very hard to take."
Chelsea stayed level with Liverpool by beating Manchester City yesterday thanks to Michael Essien’s goal at Stamford Bridge.