Rio Ferdinand on ‘huge job’ at United


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Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand admits he is intrigued at the prospect of returning to Old Trafford as technical director.

The 40-year-old spent 12 years with the Red Devils as a player from 2002-2014, making 455 appearances and winning the Premier League six times and the Champions League once.

Ferdinand also collected 81 caps for England and so has vast experience of football at the highest level.

United’s rebuilding job under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will start in earnest over the summer and a new man could be drafted in to work alongside the boss.

Ferdinand has already held initial talks with the club although it seems there is still a long way to go before any announcement.

“It depends on the shape of the job,” the former Leeds and West Ham defender told the BBC. “In that kind of role, the responsibility that comes with that, you can’t lie and say that that’s not a turn-on.

“All the boxes would have to be ticked before considering something like that. You are helping to shape the fortunes of a club of that stature. That’s a huge job.”

United finished sixth in the Premier League last season and so will miss out on Champions League football again, having replaced Jose Mourinho with Solskjaer last December.

Results initially improved before another slump saw the Red Devils fall out of top-four contention and so they will be back in the Europa League again in 2019-20.

United are 23.00 to win the Premier League next season, with bitter cross-city rivals Manchester City 1.70 favourites to win the title for the third year in a row.

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