Ferdinand: I’m not retiring and want to continue playing for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Rio Ferdinand plans to continue playing football and hopes to do so with Manchester United.

The 35-year-old has had fleeting impressive performances this season, particularly his first leg showing against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford, but on the whole he has been poor both on and off the pitch.

He publicly criticised Moyes’ team selections which put pressure on the Scot and from one of our most senior players, it massively undermined his position as manager.

However, Ferdinand has no intention of hanging up his boots and wants to continue playing at Old Trafford, despite already making his foundations for a post-playing career this season.

“Hopefully still playing – I want to continue playing,” Ferdinand told BT Sport when questioned on his future.

“I’m enjoying my football and my legs haven’t given way yet.

“I want to continue – whether that be at Manchester United or somewhere else, depending what the club want to do. Time will tell, we’ll have to wait until the end of the season.

“We’ll do what we did last season – wait until the end of the season, get it sorted out and speak to see where we’re at.

“Of course – that’s the dream. I’m living the dream and I’d like to continue [at United]. But we’ll have to wait and see.”

Ferdinand should have retired last summer after one of his best seasons in a Manchester United shirt that saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year and after he scored the last ever goal in the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford – what better way to go out?

Instead, Ferdinand continued and seemingly wants to continue doing so but the time for sentiment at Manchester United is over. Ferdinand should enjoy a pay day in the sun or move to the MLS for a year.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and potentially a new centre back signing is who the game time should be shared between from now on.

This has got nothing to do with being disrespectful to a player who has given so much to the club but now is the time for building the future, not letting the past amble forwards for another year.

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