Rio Ferdinand wants to be part of Manchester United's plans next year regardless of who is in charge.
Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season and he has been tipped to leave the club.
The 35-year-old has only started 10 Barclays Premier League games this season, but he wants to remain at Old Trafford to be part of the rebuilding process that began with David Moyes' dismissal.
"I'm going to continue playing," said Ferdinand, who moved to Old Trafford from Leeds 12 years ago.
"Whether it's here, I don't know. But I hope so."
Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets
Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets
1/19 Arturo Vidal
The Juventus midfielder is among United's top targets this summer, particularly after impressing for Chile at the World Cup. Having helped his current team secure the Serie A title, Juventus aren't keen on letting him go.
2/19 Marco Reus
Rumoured to be near the top of United's target list, a possible swap deal involving cash and Shinji Kagawa has been mentioned. The Borussia Dortmund player would not be a cheap acquisition, especially given his recent declaration that he wants to stay at Dortmund next season
3/19 Arda Turan
Former manager David Moyes had been seen watching Turan, though his dismissal put a doubt over whether United were still interested. The winger's agent claims an offer has been made, so is the Atletico Madrid winger on his way to Old Trafford?
4/19 Arjen Robben
The Bayern Munich winger has said Van Gaal has offered him a place at Old Trafford if he wants it. Currently he's happy to stay where he is, but things can quickly change.
5/19 Claudio Marchisio
With Paul Pogba highly unlikely to be prised away from Juventus, United's attention could turn to team-mate Claudio Marchisio. The Italian international would provide some class and experience.
6/19 Mats Hummels
With defensive reinforcements high on United's list of priorities, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has unsurprisingly been linked with a move to Old Trafford. The German has been earmarked as the ideal replacement for the now-departed Rio Ferdinand and after his impressive showing at the World Cup, he's even more desirable.
7/19 Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane has already snubbed United once in his career, opting instead to join Real Madrid. It would surely take a big offer to prise the classy defender away now.
8/19 Seamus Coleman
Reportedly already the subject of a £15m bid, Seamus Coleman could be the man being lined up as the answer to United's problems at right-back.
9/19 William Carvalho
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has reportedly been watched 15 times by Manchester United, although the £29m asking price could prove a stumbling block. The Portugal international has also been linked with Arsenal.
10/19 Xherdan Shaqiri
Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled to force his way into the first team at the Allianz Arena and could be a target for United as well as rivals Liverpool. His impressive displays for Switzerland this summer could make it harder to prise him away.
11/19 Alex Song
Barcelona are understood to be ready to let the former Arsenal player leave this summer. Could provide some strength to United's midfield. Could also bring embarrassment judging by his behaviour at the World Cup.
12/19 Fabio Coentrao
Supposedly came within hours of signing in January, the Portuguese left back could be brought in to provide back-up to Luke Shaw.
13/19 Julian Draxler
A long time Arsenal target, United are reportedly interested in pinching the young German with a bumper offer. Seems unlikely though. Arsenal also strongly interested.
14/19 Sami Khedira
The Germany international is reportedly being pursued by a host of sides, and United might be wise to get in the mix as they look to add some quality to a fairly feeble looking midfield. Real Madrid appear open to letting him go with the 27-year-old having just one year left on his contract. Arsenal and Chelsea are among the others keen on signing the World Cup winner.
15/19 Edinson Cavani
The Uruguayan hitman would prove pricey and tricky to snatch away from PSG and it seems unlikely United have enough to offer him.
16/19 Luciano Vietto
The Racing Club youngster has been impressing in Argentina for some time although a move directly to United would be something of a surprise.
17/19 Santiago Arias
Should a move for Seamus Coleman fail, PSV defender Arias is reportedly being lined up by United. Played for Colombia throughout the group stage of the World Cup.
18/19 Miralem Pjanic
Rumoured to part of a joint bid including teammate Benatia, the Bosnian midfielder is reportedly another on United's large hit list.
19/19 Kevin Strootman
Van Gaal knows Strootman well from working with him in the Netherlands set-up and has indicated he is interested. Roma are reluctant to sell whilst his recovery from a knee injury may prove a stumbling block.
Ferdinand has looked an assured presence when called upon at times this year, but his age and recent injury record count against him.
Never during Ferdinand's time at United had he experienced a season as bad as this one.
United were prompted to sack Moyes on Tuesday after he lost 11 league matches, leaving the club in seventh place without any hope of Champions League qualification, and Ferdinand admits he and his team-mates have been embarrassed by the club's form this season.
"I've not looked at the league table for ages because you don't want to," the centre-back said.
"It's embarrassing. You don't want to look at the league table and see where we are."
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Many fans blamed Moyes for United's failings this year, but Ferdinand says the players are just as culpable.
"The players take responsibility as much as anyone else," Ferdinand said.
"We are not shirkers and we are not people who don't take responsibility. I don't think you get to where we have got to in our careers without taking responsibility and this is no different."
Ferdinand was restored to the starting line-up by interim manager Ryan Giggs for Saturday's 4-0 win over Norwich.
The victory helped lift the doom and gloom that had surrounded the club since the beginning of the season.
Ferdinand refused to be drawn into the debate regarding whether Giggs should remain in charge beyond the end of the season, but he is sure the club will bounce back whoever is in charge.
"When you have been successful, you don't want to look at a negative perspective or viewpoint, you always look around and think, 'What can we win, what do we want to win?'," he said
"That will be no different next season. I am sure that whoever is here, whoever is managing, the aim of this club is win trophies and championships and we have done that for 25 years.
"Long may that continue."
Ferdinand was unwilling to criticise Moyes' reign, even though the defender barely featured under the 51-year-old.
The former England captain concedes the players have upped their work rate since Giggs' appointment.
He added: "It is always natural when you change a coaching team, that the intensity goes up because everyone wants to impress and everyone wants to play the first game under the new manager.
"They see it as a new chance, a new opportunity, and that's no different to what I have seen over the years with different teams, including England.
"It is no different this time around."
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