No United grudges for Ricardo
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo insists he benefited from his experience at Manchester United and harks back to his time at Old Trafford with affection.
Ricardo is spending this season on loan with Racing Santander after failing to establish himself with the Premiership champions.
The 31-year-old moved to Old Trafford in August 2002 but appeared just five times after failing to usurp Fabien Barthez and Roy Carroll in the pecking order.
With Tim Howard arriving during the summer, Ricardo's first-team chances receded further and he opted to return to his homeland for regular playing time.
But the international shot-stopper does not hold any grudges with The Red Devils and admits he improved while with them.
"I came to Spain to play but my experience with United has been enriching," Ricardo told Don Balon.
"I believe that I have improved as a goalkeeper and, on a personal level, I know more English.
"The philosophy of work is another thing in England and the Man U method is like an American style. There are specialists for all areas.
"(Alex) Ferguson is very simple with the players and very kind but he also knows how to impose respect."
Ricardo's contract with United expires in 2005 and the former Valladolid man is unsure what his future holds.
He added: "I have a great deal until the end of the season but I do not know what will happen to me.
"I know that I belong to Man U and I will have to return because my future depends on them."