Rio Ferdinand admits he will not be happy with his trophy collection until he is the most decorated player inside the Manchester United dressing room.
Since moving to Old Trafford in 2002, the 34-year-old has become a legend of the modern game by winning six Premier League titles, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup, not to mention four FA Community Shields.
But despite all of his achievements, Ferdinand is still well short of bona fide United icon Ryan Giggs, who has 32 major honours and over 900 appearances to his name. And Rio is keen to emulate his team-mate, using him as inspiration for future successes.
“I’m not happy with what I have won, not when I can look around at people in the changing room and know they have got more than me,” Ferdinand said after supporting the Sands for Singapore charity event in Asia, where Denis Irwin was also present.
“You always aim for the people above. That is what I did the day I walked through the door. I looked around and saw people with three, four or five titles and thought ‘I want to have that’.
“You set yourself targets all the time. I am never going to sit in that changing room and think ‘I am happy with what I have done’.”
With 1 July approaching, the date David Moyes officially takes charge, Ferdinand has cast an eye towards the future and is confident the changing of guard will be a seamless transition with so many experienced players involved.
“The new manager wants to put his own imprint on the team. That is what you would expect as players. We are open-minded to that,” Rio explained.
“But, hopefully, the fact he has got people in there who know how to get the job done will give him a little bit of time. The team can be on auto-pilot with the manager just tinkering to make sure it is done the right way.