Rio Ferdinand has offered an insight into new Manchester United coach Darren Fletcher’s group chat behaviour.

The Scotsman made nearly 350 appearances for the Red Devils, winning five Premier League title and a Champions League.

After leaving football in 2019, the 36-year-old started coaching United’s U16s in October – and has now been promoted to the first team.

But Ferdinand, who spent 12 seasons with Fletcher at Old Trafford, revealed that the coach has an interesting take to chat groups.

Speaking on his Youtube channel, the former defender said: “I speak to him a lot. We have a group of about 20 of us who chat all the time.

Rio Ferdinand has given an insight into new Man United coach Darren Fletcher's group chat behaviour
Rio Ferdinand has given an insight into new Man United coach Darren Fletcher's group chat behaviour

“He’s always insightful but he likes a laugh - he likes the banter. He’s not Mr Serious.

“He’s a good personality. Likes to have a laugh and will laugh at himself - he has to because of how he looks!

“But when it’s time to get serious about football, there wouldn’t be many sharper young brains in the game.”

Ferdinand went on to reveal what Fletcher will be able to offer in his first-team coaching.

The Scot has been named as a first-team coach at Old Trafford
The Scot has been named as a first-team coach at Old Trafford

He added: “It depends whether he goes into the first team.

“if he goes in directly, I think he’s a straight talker. He’ll someone who will tell people how it is.

“He is a man of detail as well, so he’ll be going in and identifying certain individuals.”

Fletcher joins as United are joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool on 33 points.

And Ferdinand, who is in a group chat with Fletcher, said 'he likes a laugh' but will also 'get serious about football'
And Ferdinand, who is in a group chat with Fletcher, said 'he likes a laugh' but will also 'get serious about football'

“I am delighted to be returning to the club as a first team coach,” he said.

“It’s a very exciting time for this young team and I am looking forward to taking the next steps in my coaching career by working with Ole and his staff.”

After bringing his former team-mate into the fold, Solskjaer said: “Darren has the United DNA running through his veins and he knows exactly what it takes to be a Manchester United player.

“He is at the start of his coaching career and his experience both on and off the pitch along with his winning mentality, commitment and hard work will be a great addition to the staff.”