Ferdinand turned down opportunity to say goodbye to Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand

Instead he will do it when he returns with Queens Park Rangers this weekend.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed has was offered an opportunity to say goodbye to Manchester United staff ahead of their pre-season friendly with Valencia at Old Trafford last month. 

Ferdinand joined Manchester United in 2002 and had a very successful time at the club, winning six Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League during his time at the club.

He was released by the club at the end of last season after he wasn't offered a new contract, and has since moved to Queens Park Rangers - who he returns with this weekend.

He told MUTV: "It's nice to have an opportunity to come and see everyone when I come up with QPR. I went to the training ground over the summer to see some of the dinner ladies and the office staff that I’ve known for years and who helped me along the way.

"Ed Woodward offered me the chance to come down and do that [say goodbye] before the pre-season game against Valencia but it didn’t feel right for me to do that, it feels far more natural for me to come back and play, give everyone a wave and say 'thank you'."

Instead of contributing to United's success this weekend, Ferdinand will be part of a QPR side who will be looking to heap more misery on his old club this weekend. QPR have won one of their opening three games, and are unexpectedly a point ahead of their opponents with the campaign still in its infancy.

As much as he will want to wish his former club well, getting a big result for the R's in their survival bid this weekend is the priority.

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