RIO FERDINAND has told struggling Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to give him a call over a return to their threadbare defence.
The not-so-Special One failed to land Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Diego Godin in the transfer window.
And centre-back Marcos Rojo has been stripped of the No5 shirt Ferdinand wore at Old Trafford and fashioned into his own brand.
After failing to start a money-spinning career as a professional boxer, the former England defender is still in tremendous shape.
And his sense of humour is still first class as he sent the Instagram message to the Portuguese manager.
He wrote: Just seen my old @manchesterunited no.5 shirt is back up for grabs…. inspired…time to get back training! Jose???!!! ☎️😂📞 p.s I’m wanting consultation on who the new no.5 going to be! #mufc
Rojo will now wear the No16 jersey, the same number he wore for Argentina at this summer’s World Cup where he played three times and scored the winner against Nigeria.
The move to leave No5 free could be a sign the club hope to sign a defender in the January window.
But for now Mourinho will have to make do with his current crop of centre-backs.
He has Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Rojo at his disposal, the same five he had last season.
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Mourinho was left frustrated by United’s lack of activity in the window as they only signed three new players, in the shape of Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant.
And the Portuguese manager has now been told by the club’s chiefs that he must change his transfer policy to be more like rivals Manchester City’s.
Rojo took the No5 from the Ferdinand when he joined the club in 2014 after previously wearing it at Sporting Lisbon.