But Ferdinand told ESPN FC he thinks the England worldwide has all the quality necessary to stay and fight for his place at United amid rumours suggesting a move away from the club might be a better option. "What I don't like is that Jose or other people felt I was just throwing away a lazy comment".
"We are improving, we found a certain balance in the team, especially in the competitive attitude", the manager said. He is of the same mind as José Mourinho that the surface will make the match more hard.
"That even in difficulty in the final part of the game, went to the end, fought for the three points".
"We are not used to playing on artificial grass so it's going to be a bit different - probably more hard for us but we have to train there to see how the balls work on this pitch and try to play our football here".
United players kicked and jumped on the pitch before training on the eve of the game, with coach Michael Carrick instructing them to "get a feel for the pitch" with balls once the warm-up was completed.
"Everybody knows it is different but I have to say I said last week in Geneva, in a Uefa meeting that we had, what can I say".
'I can give as an example, we are in Switzerland, the home of one of the best ever tennis players, and I'm pretty sure that the big man sometimes is not happy to play on such a surface. He has a favourite surface but he has to win on the surfaces he is not in love with. "We have to do it".
"We decided not to bring Antonio because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch at all", Mourinho told a news conference.
"I want to remind you in advance that we can only start with XI".
Ferdinand said he thought Mourinho was doing a good job with Rashford and that it was important to realise that bringing a player along at such a young age and building his confidence is a process.
"I told already that Luke Shaw is playing tomorrow and apart from him we have Diogo, Ashley Young and (Matteo) Darmian ready to play". I like Danny Welbeck as a player, and I hope this doesn't come across disrespectfully - Marcus Rashford does not want to become the next Danny Welbeck.