Rio Ferdinand dreams of managing Manchester United or England

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Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand is hoping to become a great manager and has a return to Manchester United and England in his sights.

He hasn't even retired from professional football yet but that hasn't stopped legendary defender Rio Ferdinand from planning for life after the beautiful game.

The former United and England international is still playing in the Premier League with newly promoted QPR, but now at the age of 35 and fast approaching 36 next month, you would expect this season to be Rio's last in top-flight football.

Once his playing days are up, Ferdinand has revealed that he wants to make it big in coaching and management, and told the Manchester Evening News that one day he would love to return to the Red Devils in coaching role:

"I am not going to look that far ahead,” he started. “I am taking all my coaching badges and everything I need to do and then we shall see what opportunities arise.

“I am not stupid enough to think that I will pass all my badges and then Manchester United will come asking me to become their manager.

"But I want to be the best in whatever field I go into and that means managing a big club like United or your country.”

Ferdinand's departure from Old Trafford this summer didn't come as a shock to many. Over the years he had established himself as one of the great defenders to play for the club, but in the last two seasons it was becoming evident that he wasn't the player he once was.

This is also clear from how terribly his QPR career has started, Harry Redknapp's side currently sitting rock bottom of the Premier League with only four points from seven games so far this season.

Whether Ferdinand would make a truly great manager or coach remains to be seen, but in his final years at United he always appeared to be a great influence and leader, especially on the younger members in the squad.

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