Having trained under David Moyes for nearly a month now, Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand has praised the former Everton man, saying he’d have also chosen the Scot as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. Ferdinand and his teammates have only had positive things to say about life under Moyes so far during their preseason tour of Asia and Australia, but are still finding their feet after a loss in their opening friendly fixture, which was Moyes’s first match in charge.
“We’ve got a manager who’s very enthusiastic,” Ferdinand told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
“He’s young and has got the desire and appetite to be successful.
“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.
Ferdinand pointed towards one of the club’s most influential factors when it comes to judging managers: longevity. Ferdinand pointed out that he feels the former Everton boss is at Old Trafford as part of a long-term project as the world wonders how the new manager will cope with replacing a man who was the United manager for over 25 years.
“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,” said the England international to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.
“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.”
Moyes will be facing a baptism of fire once the Premier League campaign begins, as he sees his new side take on Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool all within the first five matches of the season. If he can get off to a good start, the Red Devils may have a good shot at taking home even more trophies in the former Everton manager’s first season at Old Trafford.