Rio Ferdinand wanted by Jose Mourinho at Man United

by Sam Peoples

Jose Mourinho wants Rio Ferdinand as part of his new backroom staff at Manchester United, according to The Telegraph.

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.

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