Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he would have loved the opportunity to work under Louis van Gaal this season, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The 35-year-old - who departed Old Trafford for Premier League new-boys QPR at the end of last season - has admitted that he would have taken great pleasure in learning from the Dutch coach at the Theatre of Dreams.
Ferdinand has insisted, though, that he understands why Van Gaal didn't keep him on for another season. With United out of the Champions League, the Dutchman has cut the size of the Red Devils' squad, whilst also handing opportunities to young talents like Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair.
And, despite Ferdinand insisting that he would have liked to play a part in the duo's development, he's admitted that he may well have stood in their way and hindered their opportunities with the first-team.
The experienced centre-half said: “Being a football person I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish I had had at least a season with Louis van Gaal.
“He has different ideas and philosophies and I would have loved to been able to soak up all that information. But that page has been turned and you cannot turn it back.
"I could understand why he didn’t keep me on. United were out of Europe so there weren’t as many games to share about. So it is what it is.
“Yes, I would have liked to have played a little part in the development in the first team of the likes of Tyler and Paddy. But maybe if I was still there I might have blocked their route to the first team.”
A number of Manchester United fans would have been slightly surprised that the club didn't invest further in their back-line last summer after losing Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
The Red Devils completed deals to bring Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo to the club, but failed to add an experienced addition. Van Gaal does, however, have a number of talented youngsters on board, as they look to challenge the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for first-team opportunities.
United are next in action on October 20 as they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom, hoping to secure their third consecutive win under Van Gaal.
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