And during the latter stages they were able to hang on to victory when under intense pressure, even though they were forced into swapping the injured Nemanja Vidic for Chris Smalling, leaving Ferdinand to highlight their solidity and interchangeability.
“I think we’ve got players who the manager can put 100% faith in to come in and do jobs," he said.
“We’ve got players who we know that the manager can be confident about putting in and I think that’s more important than anyone one of us as individuals.”
And after admitting he doesn’t mind who his defensive partner is, he added: “I think that speaks volumes of the squad.
“It’s great to have players of the calibre of Vidic back because he’s a top quality player but when the manager can’t call upon him, or anybody else, the players feel comfortable with anyone that comes in, which is great.”