David Beckham has played down speculation linking Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand with a move to the MLS, and urged his former teammate to remain at Old Trafford over the United States when his contract expires at the end of next season.
Speaking after captaining LA Galaxy to a 2-0 defeat at Thierry Henry's New York Red Bulls - a result which gave the Frenchman's side a shot at the playoffs - Beckham told the Daily Mail:
"It's unfair for me to even comment on a player that's under contract at Manchester United, loved by the fans. He's a very good player.
"That's the first time I've heard those rumours but I'm not even going to comment because he's a Manchester United player and as a [former] Manchester United player I want him to stay there."
The 36-year-old former England captain also took the time to praise his old Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, for the way he has managed to successfully blood a new crop of youngsters.
"Sir Alex Ferguson always does it," continued Beckham. "As soon as you think that the team are getting a little bit older, he changes it and he brings a whole new team through.
"As a Manchester United fan it's exciting to see; the young players that are coming through, the players that have been there for a few years. It's great.
"There's many players; Welbeck is scoring goals, Chicharito, is so sharp. It's exciting to watch players like that. I hope they go and win it all."