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Ferdinand hoping for United stay

Rio Ferdinand has told MUTV he would like to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the end of the season.

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Rio Ferdinand scored the final goal of Sir Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford reign

Ferdinand, 34, will become a free agent at the end of the campaign, and there has been speculation that he would take up an offer to play abroad.

However, after scoring the winning goal in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match as Manchester United manager at Old Trafford on Sunday, a 2-1 win against Swansea, he spoke of his desire to continue with the newly-crowned Premier League champions.

"Manchester United has a bright future," Ferdinand said. "The manager has left the club in great health, and we are looking forward.

"We have a great number of good young players who are eager to win things and be successful and work hard.

"That is what the manager has instilled in these players. The work ethic has to continue if we are going to be successful. I would like to be part of that."

Ferdinand collected his sixth Premier League title-winners’ medal on Sunday and recalled how he would have settled for just winning one when he joined United in 2002. However, he is not content to rest on his achievements and wants to win more still.

He said: "I dreamt of getting one when I turned up here. I remember looking at Ryan and the others when I arrived. At that stage, they had five, six and seven. I just wanted one. I thought I would be happy with that.

"But once you get it, you want another. You continue striving to succeed, to achieve things and win trophies. To get six is unbelievable. But that is the main thing at this club, you want to be successful."

With Ferguson departing, it will be key for United’s old guard, such as Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, to help continue the winning mentality at the club.

"There have been a couple of emotional moments," Ferdinand said. "The manager's announcement was like a bolt out of the blue.

"No one was expecting it. It disappointed a lot of us, but I understand the manager's reasons. He has had a great stint and an unbelievably successful period. He instilled great qualities in the club, and we must carry that on."


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