Rio Ferdinand has revealed the United squad’s disbelief when they were first told the news of Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire.
The United centre-back admits that he never believed the Scotsman would call time on his career after guiding the Red Devils to a record 20th league title.
Ferdinand had been coaching the United Under-18s at Carrington on the day that the rumours began to rumble, while the majority of the squad were at a golf day in Cheshire.
“We came in and there was a notice in the board to say there was a meeting,” Ferdinand told The Mirror. “We were a bit shocked because there were rumours in the papers that the manager was going to leave.
“But we were like, ‘Nah, there’s no chance he’s going to be leaving, there are too many good things going on at the club that can happen in the next couple of years with the squad he’s building’.
“Then he broke the news and the thing I’ll probably remember most from it is that it was dead quiet in the room. Even when he left, there was just a real mad silence.”
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