That seems to be in complete alignment with ex-England centre-back Ferdinand’s take on their struggles.
He told BT Sport earlier in February: “Full tilt, they’re challenging City to win the league, 100 per cent, no doubt.
“But I don’t think anybody else would be in their position with the amount of stuff that’s destabilised their season. That’s a credit to them.
“I still see them third. Anybody else in this situation going through what they’ve gone through, are finishing eighth or 10th.”