PHOTO: Ferdinand unveiled at QPR; says Giggs would have kept him at United

Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand joined QPR last week after his contract expired at Manchester United.

Rio Ferdinand has been officially unveiled to the media as a QPR player, but his comments about his former club Manchester United stole the headlines.

Ferdinand left Old Trafford this summer after more than ten-years with the club, but believes he could have stayed longer.

Despite the appeal of working with Harry Redknapp and living in London again, Ferdinand thinks had Ryan Giggs got the United managers job over Louis Van Gaal, that he would still be with the Reds.

"When Ryan Giggs took over the job at United, he had to look at it and prepare as if he was going to be in the seat for next season and he made it clear to me that I'd have been a part of his plans,” Ferdinand said at his first press-conference as a QPR player.

“As you know, things in football change quickly. A new manager came in and things went a different way.”

With Ferdinand believing he could have stayed with United even longer, Van Gaal has done little to replace him and the clubs other departed centre-back Nemanja Vidic.

Only Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones now remain as senior centre-half options, with the latter two also having played right-back and central midfield over the years.

United have been linked with the likes of Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund and Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa as potential new arrivals, but nothing concrete has yet been tabled. Van Gaal coached Vlaar at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, where he impressed for the Netherlands, but with Villa reluctant to sell, the move looks unlikely.

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