Report: Jose Mourinho wants Rio Ferdinand as part of his coaching staff at Manchester United

During the next few weeks, Jose Mourinho will be selecting the staff he wants at Manchester United to try and take them back to the top of both English and European football, the most recent reports suggest that Mourinho wants Rio Ferdinand to help him at United.

Report: Jose Mourinho wants Rio Ferdinand as part of his coaching staff at Manchester United
Mourinho is rumoured to want experience from previous United sides in his coaching staff at Old Trafford. | Photo: AP

Former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has been reported by many media outlets as one of the people new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants as part of his coaching staff.

Ferdinand has been working as a pundit for multiple different football shows since announcing his retirement at the end of the 2014/15 season.

What would Ferdinand bring to Mourinho's squad?

After an experience of working under arguably the greatest manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson, for the majority of his career, it is likely that Ferdinand has picked up on many of his coaching techniques. Could this be something Mourinho could be looking for to bring success back to Old Trafford?

The former England international would also bring a lot of his experience from a defensive perspective back into the United dressing room, having featured along side Nemanja Vidic to form one of the most solid defesive partnership's the Premier League has ever seen.

Bringing this back into United's training would surely only help the likes of Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to gain more of a understanding of the game at a very young age.

Ferdinand won 17 major trophies in his 12 years at Old Trafford | Photo: Daily Mail
Ferdinand won 17 major trophies in his 12 years at Old Trafford. | Photo: PA

Ferdinand interested in getting back into coaching

Since retirement, Ferdinand has completed his coaching badges and would now be able to be a coach of any team in England. This suggests that he would be very interested in quitting his current role in punditry, in favour of becoming a coach.

The former United number five, who also captained the club numberous times under Ferguson, has previously been quoted as saying he wants to one day be the England manager.

To fulfil this dream of managing his national team, he will surely have to start elsewhere and work his way up to this highly prestigous role. A job as a member of the coaching staff at United would surely be a dream place to start for the player who worked for the club for so long.