Rio wants new United deal

Rio Ferdinand wants to stay at Manchester United next season - whoever is manager.

Last Updated: 28/04/14 at 07:34 Post Comment

Rio Ferdinand: Hoping to stay at Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand: Hoping to stay at Manchester United

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The veteran defender is out of contract at the end of the season but the former England centre-back insists he wants to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

David Moyes was sacked as manager last week, with Ryan Giggs put in charge until the end of the season. Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal is bookies' favourite to be installed as the next manager.

And Ferdinand - who was largely out of favour under Moyes - is hoping to be kept on, whether it is Van Gaal, Giggs or another manager in charge.

"I'm going to continue playing," said Ferdinand, who moved to Old Trafford 12 years ago.

"Whether it's here, I don't know. But I hope so."

Ferdinand admits that the 2013-14 season has been the worst in his Old Trafford career and he says his team-mates have been embarrassed by the club's form this season.

"I've not looked at the league table for ages because you don't want to," the centre-back said.

"It's embarrassing. You don't want to look at the league table and see where we are."

Moyes paid the price for losing 11 games and failing to finish in the top four, but Ferdinand says the players must shoulder some of the blame.

"The players take responsibility as much as anyone else," Ferdinand said. "We are where we are and we have to take some responsibility for that.

"We are not shirkers and we are not people who don't take responsibility. I don't think you get to where we have got to in our careers without taking responsibility and this is no different."

Ferdinand was restored to the starting line-up by interim manager Giggs for Saturday's 4-0 win over Norwich.

Ferdinand refused to be drawn into the debate regarding whether Giggs should remain in charge beyond the end of the season, but he is sure the club will bounce back whoever is in charge.

"When you have been successful, you don't want to look at a negative perspective or viewpoint, you always look around and think 'what can we win, what do we want to win?'," he said.

"That will be no different next season. I am sure that whoever is here, whoever is managing, the aim of this club is win trophies and championships and we have done that for 25 years.

"Long may that continue."

Ferdinand says the 4-0 thumping of Norwich should not be seen as proof Moyes could not motivate the players.

"It is always natural when you change a coaching team, that the intensity goes up because everyone wants to impress and everyone wants to play the first game under the new manager," he said.

"They see it as a new chance, a new opportunity, and that's no different to what I have seen over the years with different teams, including England.

"It is no different this time around."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company