The 34-year-old says he will refrain from copying the Frenchman's iconic look on Manchester United's new kit as he bids to help new boss David Moyes retain the Premier League title
The shirt, released for the upcoming 2013-14 season, features a turnover collar for the first time in 13 years giving fans and players the opportunity to mimic the legendary French striker, who won four Premier League titles in five memorable years at Old Trafford.
But Ferdinand, who on Monday revealed his determination to help new manager David Moyes retain the championship in his inaugural season, insists he will not be imitating Cantona by turning up his collar.
"There’s only one person who should be wearing their collars up: Eric Cantona. And he’s retired," he told The Sun.
Ferdinand, who made 34 appearances in all competitions last season and scored the winning goal in Sir Alex Ferguson's final home game at the club, recently signed a new one-year contract which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2014.