Premier League: QPR's Rio Ferdinand ready for Manchester United return

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Rio Ferdinand insists he will be focused on securing a positive result for QPR as he prepares to return to Manchester United for the first time.

Ferdinand, who left United in July following 12 trophy-laden seasons at the club, takes on his former side live on Sky Sports Super Sunday.

With Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all likely to make their Old Trafford debuts, the 35-year-old insisted sentiment would not distract him from the task at hand as he attempts to keep United at bay.

"I can’t say what it's going to be like,” Ferdinand told Sky Sports.

“I’m going to try and be as professional as I can. I’m going there for QPR and it’s as simple as that.

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“Nothing will please me better than keeping a clean sheet at Old Trafford for QPR, and then I’ll walk out a proud person.”

Ferdinand’s QPR have secured a point more than Sunday’s opponents from their opening three league fixtures.

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Asked for his thoughts on the state of his former club, Ferdinand claimed the current teething problems at his old club would soon be resolved and he expects much improved form in the next few months.

“It’s a talented squad there’s no doubt about that," he said. "I know a lot of the players that are in there and the players they’ve added are all good players. Di Maria and Falcao are the stand-out, world-class players that any team in the world would have, and Manchester United have managed to get them.

“It’s a period where the team are adjusting to new ideas and that’s what I think has been the stumbling block so far, that ‘getting to know’ period. But I’m sure they’ll get out of that and start motoring on soon."

But Ferdinand was unsure why United sold home-grown striker Danny Welbeck to Arsenal, in a £16million move on deadline day, and feels the England international will thrive when given the opportunity to be an out-and-out forward.

“My only real surprise in the Welbeck deal was that he went to a team that are going to be challenging for a similar spot to Manchester United," he said.

Rio Ferdinand explains what he'll be thinking as he steps out at Old Trafford for QPR on Sunday.

“Selling him to a rival team was something that I didn’t see coming, but at the same time I think Danny wants to play first-team football on a regular basis and when he does play he wants to play up front.

“He wasn’t getting the opportunities as much over the last couple of years at Manchester United, so I think he saw seeing through his potential a lot quicker and sooner at a different club, and good luck to him.

“There’s a lot more to come from Welbeck. I think he’s a fantastic footballer and is going to develop and get better and better."

Sunday’s clash will be the veteran defender’s 700th professional club appearance and he has settled into life at Loftus Road.

“I’m really comfortable playing both formations and I like the flexibility that we’ve got at this club. The fact we can go from three to four that makes us unpredictable," said Ferdinand.

“I envisage being in the opposition’s changing room and not really knowing and predicting how we’re going to play and I think that’s a good thing to have on our side.”

You can watch the Extended Rio Ferdinand interview in full, available on the Sky Sports iPad app and Sky Go platforms.

Watch Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers this Sunday live on Sky Sports 1HD; coverage starts at 3:30pm.

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