Rio Ferdinand responds to question over returning to Man Utd

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand admits he would love the chance to return to his former club in a coaching capacity.

Ferdinand, 42, won six Premier League title at Old Trafford as well as a Champions League crown and various other honours.

He has remained involved in the sport as a pundit since retiring in 2015 – but admits he would love to get back to the training ground.

One of his former team-mates, Darren Fletcher, has recently joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team coaching staff at United.

And Ferdinand says he would be interested in a coaching role due to his love of United and would find it difficult to turn down an opportunity if it presented itself.

Rio Ferdinand admits he would be interested in a return to Man Utd in a coaching role
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"Yeah, of course I would [be interested in a coaching role]," Ferdinand told the Stretford Paddock.

"Listen, I love Man United, it's as simple as that, do you know what I mean? You go to Man United and you play there for 12 and a bit years – you can't help but fall in love with the club.

"So, an opportunity to work at the club in some capacity is definitely a conversation that I'd have, because I love the club.

"What role it would be, I don't know, but if it came up, yeah, (I) would definitely be open to speaking and trying to work something out."

Ferdinand's former team-mate Darren Fletcher has recently joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's staff
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Ferdinand would be a familiar face at Carrington with Solskjaer and Fletcher also joined by Michael Carrick in the first-team coaching setup.

Speaking after his first day in his new role earlier this month, Scottish star Fletcher said: “I’m delighted to be back and excited to work with the staff: Ole, Kieran [McKenna], Carras [Michael Carrick], Mike Phelan and the rest of the coaches; the players, you know some fantastic players to work with at the beginning of my coaching journey.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m just delighted to finally be in today, my first day in a new job today. I spoke to Ole a couple of weeks ago and it’s finally getting things sorted to come in today.

“It’s been a unique experience. I’ve been a player but now I’m on the side, on the coaching staff, so it’s a little bit different. I’m buzzing and cannot wait to get started.”