Man United star on 'embarrassing' league position and summer exit

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has stated that the club’s league standing is not easy to take, while he does not intend to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

Manchester United beat Norwich 4-0 in Ryan Giggs’ first game as the club’s caretaker boss, but the Old Trafford outfit are still toiling on the Premier League standings.

Experienced defender Rio Ferdinand has labelled this season’s performance as ‘embarrassing’ and admits that the league table is tough viewing.

"I haven't looked at the league table for ages because it is embarrassing," Ferdinand told the club's website.

"I don't want to see where we are. That is down to us as players and we take responsibility for that as much as anyone else. We are where we are. We have to take some form of responsibility and we do."

The former England international is out of contract at United in the summer, with no sign that he will be awarded a new deal.

With the Red Devils expected to spend big in a bid to get back into the silverware reckoning next term, it may well be time for Ferdinand to leave the club.

However, the former Leeds United star has revealed that he has no plans to retire from the game just yet.

"I'm going to continue playing," he said. "Whether it's here, I don't know. But I hope so.

"When you have been successful, you don't ever want to look on a negative perspective or from a negative viewpoint. You always look at it and think, 'What can we win and what do we want to win?'

"That will be no different next season, I am sure. Whoever is here, whoever is managing, the aim of this football club is to win trophies and we have done that consistently for the last 25 years. Long may that continue."

With Nemanja Vidic leaving to join Inter Milan in the summer and Patrice Evra also out of contract, the United back four looks set to be significantly different next term.

The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are still at the club, but United are expected to buy at least one centre-half in the summer.

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