Ferdinand is a Man United icon having won 17 major trophies with the club in a 12-year stint at Old Trafford, which came to an end in 2014.
Mourinho likes to appoint coaches who have a knowledge of the clubs he manages and Ferdinand may be tempted by the career boost a coach spell at United would provide.
Ferdinand had previously criticised United’s style of play under Louis van Gaal over the course of the 2015/16. He was one of a number of former United players to slam van Gaal – the likes of Paul Scholes did the same.
Mourinho has a history of giving chances to young coaches, with those such as Brendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas going on to greater things after working under the Portuguese.
Ferdinand would certainly be a welcome addition at Old Trafford and it is good that Mourinho has recognised the importance of maintaining a link to the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
However, it remains to be see where Ryan Giggs’ future lies. The Welshman is still said to be undecided about taking on a lesser role under Mourinho.