Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hinted at a prolonged life in football, as he reckons a coaching role would do him nicely after he hangs up his boots.

Ferdinand has been a consistent performer at the heart of the United defence this season and a reason why the red side of Manchester have been crowned Champions after a real solid season under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Ferdinand trained with the younger lads at United yesterday morning, and admitted it was an enjoyable experience afterwards.

He wrote on his official Facebook page: "Trained with the u18's today... nice little workout! Coaching youngsters could be a bit of me, who knows!"

Ferdinand may well follow in the footsteps of former teammate Gary Neville in the next few years. Roy Hodgson's number two has made the transition from playing to the commentary box to the technical area. 

The centre back is also a constant on social media, with his online #5 magazine critically acclaimed as a big success. All footballers are urged to have a contingency plan for after football, so the England international may turn to a coach's wooly hat and wet weather gear after his Facebook suggestion yesterday.

However, the top job at Manchester United may have come a little too soon for Ferdinand, with Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his decision to retire earlier today (Wednesday).

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