Rio Ferdinand discusses his allegiance for West Ham United v Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand doesn't want to pick side with either West Ham or Manchester United.

Former defender Rio Ferdinand has told West Ham's official website that he will be sitting on the fence when the Hammers face Manchester United.

Ferdinand, now 37, started his career with West Ham and even made his debut back in 1996, when he was just 17 years old, before becoming one of the finest English central defenders in recent history.

Moves to Leeds United and Manchester United saw Ferdinand dealt for big money, and he went on to win six Premier League titles as well as the Champions League during his time under Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Now retired following a spell with Queens Park Rangers last season, Ferdinand has been working as a pundit for BT Sport, but put his boots back on during West Ham star Mark Noble's testimonial on Monday afternoon.

After the game, Ferdinand spoke about two of his former clubs, with West Ham and Manchester United both challenging for a place in next season's Champions League.

Both Slaven Bilic and Louis van Gaal are chasing a top four place, and United travel to Upton Park next month for a crucial Premier League clash, whilst the two teams will also meet in an FA Cup quarter-final replay, meaning they will see plenty of each other between now and the end of the season.

Ferdinand was asked about which side he would be supporting in those battles, but suggested to the West Ham official website that he would sit on the fence due to his connections with both clubs.

“It used to be quite simple before because Manchester United were always going for trophies and I would always want them to win when I got there,” said Ferdinand. “But now the two clubs are fighting for the same position so I will probably have to sit on the fence a little bit!” he added.

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