Man United face toughest-ever Premier League start, says Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits the Red Devils are facing their toughest-ever start to the league season

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Rio Ferdinand admits Manchester United must be ready for their toughest-ever start to the Premier League season.

The Red Devils, who appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor in May, will face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in their opening fixture of the 2013/14 campaign.

The defending champions will then take on Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in three of their next four games, with newly-promoted Crystal Palace making the trip to Old Trafford.

United have developed a reputation for being perennial slow starters to the top-flight season, but Ferdinand acknowledged the Red Devils must be raring to go come 17 August.

“It focuses us, definitely. There’s no easing our way into the league this year. We’ve got to be ready to go from the off,” Ferdinand told United’s website.

“We’ve got some big games in there but Swansea away is a really tough place to start. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready for the start of the season because our first five games are probably the toughest that I’ve ever seen.

“With a new manager coming in, we’re going to be focused anyway, with people looking to prove themselves and places up for grabs. There’s an excitement in the squad and that will build as the start of the season gets closer.”

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