Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand has revealed he finds it difficult to think of the club without Sir Alex Ferguson.
The England international came to Old Trafford for £30 million back in 2002, and has spent close to a decade performing at the top level for the Red Devils.
With five Barclays Premier League titles to his name, Ferdinand has become one of the main faces of United across the world, and spoke of his admiration for Ferguson whilst touring the globe for the club.
“I don’t see the club without the boss. I like how the manager works and we enjoy being with him. I hope he can stay longer than all of us," the 32-year-old told the Jakarta Globe whilst travelling Asia with the league trophy.
"It’s difficult to imagine [United without Ferguson]. I think being the manager of Manchester United is the hardest job in the world.
"You could say this man or that man, but when they get there they may be crumble or fail. It’s hard to say.”
Ferdinand is working his way around the continent as part of the Manchester United trophy tour, and the defender believes the profile of football is growing to an impressive level in Asia.
“I think the exposure that Asia has now, that’s getting closer to what Europe has. We can see and read about it. We see more European coaches coming to the region, and we help the region with that like what we see in Japan and South Korea,” Ferdinand continued.
“More European and South American coaches come over, giving lots of experience and helping countries. I think it will be the same here.
“I spent only a day-and-a-half in Jakarta and I can see the passion for and the love of football in this country. I think it’s just a matter of time when the right coach and the right people come here to help in your programs.”