QPR centre-half Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he wants to manage Manchester United in the future, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The 35-year-old - who left Old Trafford this past summer after 12 years at the club - has revealed that he's currently taking his coaching badges as he plans for the future.
Ferdinand has admitted, though, that it won't be easy to manage a club of Manchester United's stature, but he will aspire to reach the top once his playing days come to an end and has even hinted at the possibility of managing England.
The ex-United star said: “I am not going to look that far ahead. I am taking all my coaching badges and everything I need to do and then we shall see what opportunities arise.
“I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager. But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.
“Every player and manager will tell you that when you are growing up you want to play for the best team and it is the same in management.
For now, though, Ferdinand has insisted that he's concentrating on this campaign with QPR. The Hoops have endured a tricky opening to the season, having secured just four points from their opening seven fixtures.
And Ferdinand has insisted that he will start 'dreaming' about his managerial career once he passes his badges.
He continued by saying: “I am not thinking that far ahead yet. I don’t have those dreams at the moment. I am still thinking off finishing this season at QPR and going from there. I want to pass my badges first and then once you pass those I can start dreaming and having ideas about where I want to be.”
Louis van Gaal
Dutchman Louis van Gaal is currently at the helm at the Theatre of Dreams and he will be hoping to stay in charge for a longer period than the man he replaced. David Moyes, of course, left the club after just nine months in charge, so Van Gaal will be hoping for a greater stint.
It's been a tricky opening period for Van Gaal, however, with the club already eight points off the pace at the top of the Premier League. But, after two straight wins, things are looking up at Old Trafford, with United next in action against West Brom at the Hawthorns on October 20.