'It was my time' - Rio Ferdinand opens up about United departure

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United great Rio Ferdinand has opened up about his departure from the club to join QPR.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he holds no grudges about his departure from Manchester United. 

The experienced defender left the club after he wasn't offered an extension on his deal, making him a free-agent, but Ferdinand says that he understands the Red Devils' decision to allow him to leave. 

"It's an old cliché, but the club is bigger than everyone else and it's so true," he said.

"There's more to it than one player and I understand that, I'm not selfish enough to think that everything revolves around me and that I deserve to stay at Manchester United.

"Everyone has their time to leave and mine was now."

Since leaving Old Trafford, Ferdinand has signed a deal at QPR, who are United's opponents weekend. 

Ferdinand has been a regular member of the newly promoted side's defence since joining and says that he is looking forward to getting a chance to return, as he still hasn't said goodbye properly. 

"It's nice to have an opportunity to come and see everyone when I come up with QPR," he explained.

"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'."

If Ferdinand's return is to be a happy one then his side will have to pull off a major upset.

QPR are currently ahead of United in the table, after a 1-0 win against Sunderland in their last fixture propelled them up the league, but Louis Van Gaal's side will look very different on Sunday.

The Dutchman brought in a number of high-profile additions over the summer, after what has been a disastrous opening to the campaign for United, and many are set to make their first appearances for the red Devils.

The likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Falcao could all make their debuts at the weekend and if they do United look far stronger than they did before the international break.

Van Gaal's men are under pressure to perform, but they will be looking to make a statement against QPR and announce their intentions to climb up the table.

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