The England captain is about to complete his eighth season at Old Trafford following his £29.1million arrival from Leeds.

With four titles and a Champions League gong in his impressive medal collection, Ferdinand has made the impression he wanted to with the Red Devils, and there have been suggestions he might be ready for a new challenge.

But, ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, it is a rumour he is eager to debunk.

"I want to retire while at United," the 31-year-old told Inside United.

"It would be great to do what Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have done and stick with one club for a long time.

"Finishing my career at United would be a dream come true and those guys are such inspirations.

"They are all synonymous with Manchester United and I want to achieve that as well."

Indeed, Ferdinand wants to add more medals to his collection, including an appearance in a third consecutive Champions League final this season, which would match Juventus' achievement in the 1990s.

When he first walked through the doors of United, the Londoner said he wanted to make an imprint that would last. And he clearly has not finished yet.

"I would like to be remembered as a player who was at United during a successful period in the club's history," he said.

"When I first arrived, I knew this place was special and when the time comes to walk away I want to be able to do so with my head held high."

The attachment is so strong, when his playing days are over, Ferdinand wants to be remembered as a Manchester United player, rather than as a talent in his own right, like Clarence Seedorf.

"Nobody would say he has not had a successful career," said Ferdinand.

"But do you associate him with one particular club? I am not sure you do.

"I want to be remembered as a United player."

Ferdinand is going to be a key man if the Red Devils are going to overhaul their 2-1 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

It would obviously be far easier for Sir Alex Ferguson's men to reach the last four if they could keep a clean sheet, so the normally solid defensive axis provided by Ferdinand and long-time partner Nemanja Vidic is going to be pivotal.

Just to be talking that way is a positive given the struggles Ferdinand had overcoming a long-standing back complaint.

"It has all been going on for about 18 months," said Ferdinand.

"After matches when I walked into the dressing room, everyone would just laugh at me because I was so hunched over. For two or three days I was shuffling about like an old man.

"Once the club and I decided the best thing for me was to shut down and concentrate on treatment, it became apparent that all the muscle injuries I had in my legs were connected to my back problems.

"Now, with the various treatments I have had, I hope it won't be an issue in the future.

"I still do a lot of maintenance work in the gym to manage it, but it looks as though I will be able to do that."