Rio Ferdinand has warned the Manchester United players not to let Leicester City seal the Premier League title at Old Trafford this weekend.
Claudio Ranieri’s men just need one more win, or two draws, to be crowned champions following Tottenham’s draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.
While Ferdinand has conceded that he hopes that he Foxes go on to win the title, he doesn’t want it to happen in Manchester as he believes it will create a bad atmosphere at his former club.
“Not at Old Trafford, we’re not having that,” he told talkSPORT
“It’s not a nice feeling when a team wins at your ground, but whereever they win it, they deserve it this year.
“They’ve been the best team, they’ve been strong and really, really good unit and I think you sense that they’ve got a really good team unit and a good spirit amongst them.
“The manager’s galvanised them.”
United were famously on the wrong end of such a result against Arsenal many years ago, with the Gunners sealing their title triumph at Old Trafford leading to scenes of celebrations from the visitors on the pitch after the game.
Although this isn’t quite a rivalry, it would certainly be a source of frustration for United fans to see another set of players celebrate on their pitch particularly given their failings and struggles this year.
Louis van Gaal’s men still have plenty to play for as they continue to chase down a top-four finish, and so Ranieri will undoubtedly be prepared for a tough assignment this weekend as they look to get over the final hurdle and seal a deserved title win.
If they fail to do so, they could still be crowned champions if Tottenham fail to win away at Chelsea on Monday night.