Rio backs Moyes appointment

Rio Ferdinand has backed the appointment of David Moyes as Manchester United manager but warned him he will have to hit the ground running.

Last Updated: 19/07/13 at 18:01 Post Comment

Rio Ferdinand: Feels David Moyes is the right man for the Manchester United job

Rio Ferdinand: Feels David Moyes is the right man for the Manchester United job

Moyes begins the daunting task of taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson when he leads his side in his first competitive game as United boss at Swansea on 17 August.

The Premier League champions are on a pre-season tour of Australia and Ferdinand told the Sydney Daily Telegraph he had every faith in the former Everton boss.

"We've got a manager who's very enthusiastic," he said. "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.

"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."

Moyes has signed a six-year contract at Old Trafford but Ferdinand insists he will be expected to challenge for trophies in his first year.

"You can't get away from the fact that the fans, and us as players, expect to win," added Ferdinand.

"We've been used to it, so to say that the fans won't mind, that we should give the manager a bit of time to bed in, is lying. We want to win. And I am sure he (Moyes) is the same.

"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'."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

air play to the lad. I'd like to think I 'd have no fear of heading off to the other side of the world to coach, but in truth, I don't have the cajones. Hopefully he can make a decent living out of it.

mylsey
Brit Coaches Abroad: Jack Brazil

I

was reticent with this signing, bringing our outlay on left backs to £50m + a Nani loan (and still paying his wages). However, if he's better than Pele then who am I to complain...

mufc phil
He's Solved 'The Rojo Problem' Before...

O

K FIFA we're done, you can ban us now

jimmyjazz
Barcelona transfer ban upheld

Footer 365

Premier League: Willian targets more goals for Chelsea this season

Willian admits he needs to score more goals this season if he is earn a starting place in Chelsea's line-up.

Transfer news: Liverpool in talks to sign AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli

Liverpool have opened talks with AC Milan over a move for striker Mario Balotelli, Sky sources understand.

Premier League: Tim Sherwood in pole for Crystal Palace job after Malky Mackay ruled out

Tim Sherwood is the new favourite to manage Crystal Palace after a dramatic day ended Malky Mackay's chances.

Mail Box

So Long And Good Luck To Nani

A Mailbox that offers best wishes to a departing hero, defends Olivier Giroud, tells us to steady on over Calum Chambers and makes some amusing predictions...

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property