The 34-year old centre-back has come under a fitness cloud in the past few years, mainly with a back issue, but says he does not plan to let up in 2013/14 despite the likes of Chris Smalling pushing for his position.
"It was the same last season," Ferdinand said. "There is a great history and it is part of the club with young players coming through and establishing themselves and I am all for that, but I want to play games.
"I want to play for Man United and the young lads are going to have to fight to get in the team just like I did when I was a kid.
"Now it is roles reversed but it is obvious if you want to win things you have to have rivalry within the squad and it is done the right way here - whoever gets the shirt is supported by everyone."