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Rio Ferdinand expects Manchester United to watch Gary Neville closely

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Rio Ferdinand has insisted that the Manchester United hierarchy will be looking at what Gary Neville does as manager of Valencia. 

Writing for The Sun, the BT Sport pundit has predicted that his former teammate could return to Old Trafford at some point in the future. 

Neville, of course, was named the surprise new boss of Valencia yesterday afternoon and Ferdinand has warned the former England international that the Mestalla is a 'tight ground' and he will feel the pressure if things aren't going to plan. 


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Ferdinand stated: "Valencia is a hot-bed of football. They take it seriously and are very passionate.

"The Mestalla is a great throw-back stadium, a tight ground with sheer sides and if he is under pressure he will certainly feel it.

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"But if he can go on a run the momentum will build and the fans can really carry the team.

"What you can be sure of is that the people at the top at Manchester United will be looking at what Gary does now and be interested to see how he gets on.

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"If he does well, there is a very big chance that he will be wanted back at Old Trafford as manager at some point - and that he would be keen on going back as well, a local lad taking over his boyhood club."

Valencia currently sit in 10th position in La Liga and will be desperate to climb the table sooner rather than later, so Neville will have his work cut out over the coming months.

United return? 

Perhaps Neville really will make an impression on the powers that be at Manchester United. There's no getting away from the fact that Valencia are a massive club, so the England coach really does have an opportunity to express himself at the highest level. 

United are still a club in transition, of course; Dutchman Louis van Gaal certainly isn't the long-term answer. After the disappointment with David Moyes, the United hierarchy won't want to get it wrong again. 


There's no doubt about it, they will already have a number of candidates for the job in mind, but Neville really could enter the running. The club's former right-back oozes class and passion and we will now get to see if he has all the attributes to become a top manager. 

Manchester United fans: should Neville be considered as your club's next manager? Have your say below! 

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