Rio Ferdinand sends message to Louis van Gaal

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wished the club's new manager Louis van Gaal good luck on Twitter following the Dutchman's appointment.

He may have only recently found out that he will not be a Manchester United player next season, but Rio Ferdinand clearly only wants the best for the club.

Following the news that Louis van Gaal has been appointed as the new permanent manager at Old Trafford, the soon-to-depart defender sent a message of congratulations to the Dutchman and his new number two Ryan Giggs.

'Good luck to Louis van Gaal as the new manager of Man Utd also to Giggsy as No. 2,'Ferdinand wrote on Twitter.  'Hope they get MUFC back to the top where we belong.' 

The 35-year-old had previously voiced his desire to remain at the club for at least one more year.  But following the final game of the season at Southampton, it was announced that Ferdinand would be leaving the club.

With Nemanja Vidic also heading for the exit this summer, van Gaal has some work to do to ensure United's defence is ready for the start of the new campaign.

The likes of Bruno Martins Indi and Mats Hummels have recently been linked, although United may put their faith in the trio of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Whatever happens, it is clear Ferdinand will see himself as a member of United long after he departs.

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