"He's going to come in with new ideas, new rules and a new regime. No matter how long we've been here, the likes of Giggsy and myself have been here for many years, we'll be in the same boat instead as people like Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley."

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Ferdinand thanks Sir Alex

"I think this is the way the manager, in his dreams, would've liked to leave the club - in a fit state for someone else to come in and take the reins. We're not going to be looking up to other teams, we're looking down and saying: 'Come and catch us'.

"We're in a fantastic position. Obviously, they are massive shoes to fill but he couldn't be walking into a healthier situation. The young players here are hungry and want to win stuff. The senior players have won a lot of things but have still got the desire and the work ethic that the manager has instilled into us. I think that's vital for the future of the football club."

Ferdinand has certainly celebrated the title victory in style, leading the chants and singing on the bus during the parade and savouring every moment of the latest league triumph.

"I think the fans see us after the games and before the games doing interviews around the training ground and Old Trafford and we're quite serious and straight," he stated. "It's because we're all professional and all directed towards winning and don't want to get out of our comfort zone really. We just get the interviews done and carry on.

"But it's the end of the season, we've won the league so we can let our hair down, get the party started and we've had a good two weeks. We've had a good few nights out, that are well deserved, and the manager has been great in that sense because he's let us enjoy it. 

"I think the first title I enjoyed unbelievably. When I see now the pictures from that night that we won it, I was going bananas on the pitch! When I think about in between, I don't know if I went as crazy as you take it for granted almost. I'm towards the end of my career, I've maybe got a couple of years left and you start really

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