Manchester United star seeks Old Trafford stay

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has expressed his desire to remain with the club and win trophies under incoming manager David Moyes, reports Sky Sports.

The 34-year-old proved an unlikely match-winner in Sunday's 2-1 win over Swansea, netting his first United goal for five years.

The victory marked a fitting send-off for Sir Alex Ferguson on his final home game in charge at Old Trafford, with attention now turning to new beginnings under the stewardship of current Everton boss, Moyes.

Ferdinand's future at Manchester United has been uncertain for some time, though, despite the fact he was named in the Premier League Team of the Year following an impressive campaign.

A series of niggling injuries have raised doubts over the centre-back's long-term fitness, and with his contract set to expire this summer, he is yet to pen an extension.

However, speaking after the weekend victory and Premier League title presentation, Ferdinand reiterated his commitment to Manchester United, and intention to extend his stay for a 12th season.

"Manchester United has a bright future," he told MUTV. "The manager has left the club in great health and we are looking forward. We have a great number of good young players who are eager to win things and be successful and work hard.

"That is what the manager has instilled in these players. The work ethic has to continue if we are going to be successful. I would like to be part of that."

Asked about how the news broke to him and the other Manchester United players about Ferguson's impending retirement, Ferdinand admitted it was a huge surprise, but added that the 71-year-old Scot leaves the club in good health.

"It was like a bolt out of the blue. No one was expecting it. It disappointed a lot of us but I understand the manager's reasons.

"He has had a great stint and an unbelievably successful period. He instilled great qualities in the club and we must carry that on."



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