Manchester United legends Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie are both reportedly keen to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching team at Old Trafford.

The Ajax coach has held an interview with Manchester United over the vacant manager’s job, the Telegraph report.

United have been without a permanent manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November, the day after the Reds had been beaten 4-1 at Watford.

Ralf Rangnick was appointed as the club’s interim manager until the end of the season later that month. The German is expected to move upstairs and take up a consultancy role for two years once his period in charge of the first team comes to an end.

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United’s hierarchy are using the international break to make headway in the club’s pursuit for their next permanent manager.

But the Express are reporting that Ferdinand and van Persie both want to form a part of ten Hag’s coaching staff.

There is no denying how highly thought of Ferdinand and van Persie are at the Theatre of Dreams, but them forming part of the 52-year-old’s backroom staff has very much come out of the blue.

Ferdinand has become a regular pundit on BT Sport and also releases a weekly VIBE with Five podcast where he has spoke his mind about United’s current plight.

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Van Persie is currently the assistant manager of Feyenoord following spells as the Dutch giants’ forward and technical coach.

The pairs knowledge about the club would help ten Hag but their coaching credentials leave a lot to be desired at a club the size of Manchester United.

We’ve been here before with former players taking up coaching roles and as of yet it hasn’t worked out since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

But that decision will fall to Erik ten Hag, if he feels Ferdinand and van Persie can add value to his coaching staff then who are we question it.

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