Ferdinand gives his backing to the new manager.
Manchester United stalwart Rio Ferdinand has expressed the belief that new manager David Moyes will continue the success at Old Trafford that was achieved under Sir Alex Ferguson.
It’s a tall ask for the Scot but Ferdinand thinks that Moyes is exactly the right person for the job due to the 50-year-old’s commitment and loyalty.
“After the manager we had, that was very much needed and he’s someone I would have chosen if I was in a position to,” the centre-back was quoted on ITV Sport.
“He’s not someone who is looking to come in for three or four years – he’d love to replicate what the manager has done.
“There were people who’d have come into the job, who maybe wouldn’t have wanted to be here for that amount of time.
“I’m sure the new manager sees this as a job for the long term.
“He doesn’t want to come in and say ‘give me a three-year bedding in time, I can just dilly-dally and be second or third’.”
It will be extremely difficult for Moyes to replicate the success the Red Devils achieved under Ferguson as the Glaswegian is the most successful manager in British history.
In 27 years at Old Trafford Sir Alex picked up 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies.
As yet the retired boss’ successor is yet to win a single piece of silverware, but an impressive 11 years at Everton building a top 10 club on a minimal budget is what earned Moyes the job.
It will be an interesting and strange start to the new English domestic season in 2013/14 with no Ferguson in charge at United, but if Ferdinand’s predictions are correct then it could well be the new manager who is being celebrated in the same way in 25 years time.