Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has revealed that he was forced out of the club by new manager Louis Van Gaal, stating clearly that Ryan Giggs wanted him to sign a new contract at Old Trafford.
Following David Moyes’ sacking last season, Ryan Giggs took over as the interim manager at Manchester United and had to deal with those players whose contracts were coming to an end. Rio Ferdinand revealed that his former team-mate wanted him to sing a new contract with the Red Devils. But the decision was vetoed by the new manager, Louis Van Gaal, and Rio Ferdinand was ultimately asked to leave the club after a spell of 12 years. The defender eventually moved to Queen’s Park Rangers and spoke about his old club at his unveiling.
“He (Ryan Giggs) made it clear to me that I was part of his plans, but as you know in football things change quickly you’ve got to move on.”
Ferdinand also spoke about Ryan Giggs’ spell as the Manchester United manager and stated that the interim manager was confident of retaining his position as the manager for the upcoming season.
“We had that conversation when he took the job. He was looking at it like he was going to be here next season.”
“A new manager came in, things have gone a different way, you have to brush yourself down and get on with it and that’s what I’ve done.”
The 35 year old defender spoke about his old club and admitted that he was looking forward to facing his former club. When asked who he was looking forward to facing in the coming season, Ferdinand admitted that he was eager to face his former team-mates.
“It’s a bit of a silly question isn’t it! I was there for the most part of my career, so obviously I’ll be looking for that fixture [against United] straight away.”
Meanwhile Juan Mata has come out in support of Louis Van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman has brought a ‘strong mentality’ at the club, which will eventually lay the foundation for future success at the club.
Mata moved to Old Trafford as David Moyes’ ‘big signing’ but had an unfortunate debut season with the Red Devils that saw them eventually finish 7th in the Premier League. But the Spaniard admits that though things are ‘new’ under Louis Van Gaal, the players are adapting well to his football philosophy.
“We feel the manager is a great manager who has brought a strong mentality.”
Mata believes that the club will benefit greatly from Van Gaal’s experience and has expressed his desire to perform under the new manager.
“This club is made for a winning mentality and I think he has it. He has had success in different countries and we are happy with him and the way he works.”
“Everything is new, but we’re adapting well to his style of football.”