​Manchester United's former right-back Rafael da Silva has admitted his ambition of returning to the club in a coaching capacity once his playing career comes to an end. 

The Brazilian plies his trade in France with Olympique Lyon, but remains very popular among the United fanbase for his outspokenness and desire to follow the club despite being pushed out of it. 

He spent 7 seasons at Manchester United from 2008-2015, eventually becoming key to the club, but was pushed out of the club by Louis van Gaal, with the Dutchman preferring former club captain Antonio Valencia. 

The 29 year old however revealed that he does want to return to the struggling Manchester outfit in a coaching capacity once his playing career is over. 

I’ve always said that I wanted to work for Manchester United as a scout or something. This could happen – I think I might start doing my coaching badges.”, he told ​Stretty News.

When asked whether he would make a better manager than twin brother Fabio, Rafael was open to a dream link-up on the United touchline.

"I think I would be a good manager and my brother would be a good assistant,” he said. “That would be brilliant! Imagine that!”

Asked about United's current struggles, he said that it was always going to change with Sir Alex Ferguson leaving the club after 26 years in charge. 

“It was always going to change," he explained.

"Ferguson was there 26 years and then just two months before the end of the season he announces that he’s going to retire. It was a struggle for everyone because we all got a big surprise.

"Moyes had these problems because obviously he is going to do some things differently to the previous manager. Then you have players and staff used to the old methods saying ‘no, why are you doing that? It was better when Ferguson was here.’

"There were comparisons made all of the time which isn’t good because Ferguson was the best coach in the world.”