Ferdinand hopes to be United manager one day and backs Louis van Gaal to achieve success at the club

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand, who left Manchester United for Queens Park Rangers in the summer transfer window, has revealed that he would like to return to Old Trafford someday as manager.

The defender spent over a decade at Manchester United winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League. The 35-year-old told the Manchester Evening News that he would like to return to the club as a manager.

“I am not going to look that far ahead,” Ferdinand told Manchester Evening News. “I am taking all my coaching badges and everything I need to do and then we shall see what opportunities arise.

“I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager. But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.”

The ex-Manchester United captain showed his support for Louis van Gaal and believes the Dutchman needs time to build his own squad. Ferdinand said: “United are meant to be struggling and having a terrible season yet they are fourth in the league. If they hit a bit of form and consistency then they are going to be up there.

“I don't see it being a problem getting into the Champions League spots. I think they will comfortably get into the top four and then it is a case of building back from there. Louis van Gaal wants to play in a different way to how the club have played in the past. He has his philosophy and he believes and trusts in that 100%. He is fully committed to that. The players will go along with him and do that. They have bought into it.

“Sometimes things take time. United had a way of playing and it has been … To think he would come in and change things and everything would be hunky dory overnight was a bit far fetched. But in time I think he will get it right. His history suggests he will and I don’t see any reason why that would change.”