Former Manchester United player and legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he dreams of managing his former club and the England national team one day.
The 35-year-old, who made the switch to United from Leeds United in a British record fee back in 2002, now plays for Queens Park Rangers and is keen to go into management as he has described the Red Devils job as the pinnacle of football management.
Ferdinand told the Manchester Evening News: "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."
Ferdinand at United
Ferdinand who enjoyed 12 trophy laden years at Old Trafford winning six Premier League titles, one Champions League trophy and one Club World Cup among others, led the exodus from Old Trafford this season as new manager Louis van Gaal made a major overhaul.
Still, the former England captain believes that the Dutchman is the right candidate to take United back to the heights of European and domestic football.
“Louis van Gaal wants to play in a different way to how the club have played in the past.
“He has his philosophy and he believes and trusts in that 100 per cent. He is fully committed to that. The players will go along with him and do that. They have bought into it," he said.
Champions League at Old Trafford
Ferdinand believes that United's fight for a Champions League spot this season should be 'comfortable' with a bit of consistency and form.
“United are meant to be struggling and having a terrible season yet they are fourth in the league. If they hit a bit of form and consistency then they are going to be up there,” he said.
“I don’t see it being a problem getting into the Champions League spots. I think they will comfortably get into the top four and then it is a case of building back from there."
Although Ferdinand admits that these things take time, and fans shouldn't expect overnight success as United's domestic and European success over the years were the fruits of years and years of practice, stability and consistency.
“But sometimes things take time. United had a way of playing and it has been ingrained in the place for years and to change that doesn’t happen overnight.
“But he believes solely in what he is doing and the club are backing him in that and are going to go with him.
“To think he would come in and change things and everything would be hunky dory overnight was a bit far fetched. But in time I think he will get it right. His history suggests he will and I don’t see any reason why that would change.”
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