Ferdinand claims Guardiola is holding his "middle finger up" to Premier League

Rio Ferdinand claims Pep Guardiola is 'holding his middle finger up' to all his Premier League doubters as Manchester City continue to dominate.

The Spaniard's side currently find themselves comfortably atop the Premier League's standings, nine points clear of nearest challengers Liverpool, having only played one game more.

Since losing at home to Crystal Palace in late October, City have won 14 of their 15 league matches, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Going into the season, many questioned whether Guardiola's team would be able to retain the Premier League title, especially given their lack of a recognised striker.

Sergio Aguero departed for Barcelona last summer and City failed in their well-documented pursuit of Tottenham's Harry Kane, which led to many fearing the Sky Blues wouldn't have enough in attack.

However, City have managed to hit a league-high 61 goals so far this season, the same amount as Liverpool, as their efforts have been spread around the team.

Given their sheer dominance, Ferdinand believes Guardiola has silenced his doubters and essentially "put his middle finger up" to the rest of the Premier League.

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“Points-wise it’s not over, but I just believe that City look too comfortable in their games," the former Manchester United defender admitted in the latest episode of Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

"City look like they're in total control all the time.

"There's no topsy-turvey games or moments where you go 'oh my god they're on the ropes they're going to get beat here'. They're in cruise control.

"By the way, Pep Guardiola is doing this without a recognised striker in his team.

"He's basically put his middle finger up to the whole league and all of the media who were doubting him at the beginning of the season and said 'listen, have that and we're going to win the league doing it as well'."

Should Guardiola's side fulfil Ferdinand's prophecy and go on to win the title this campaign, it would be the Spaniard's fourth Premier League success in the last five seasons.

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