Rio - I would have picked Moyes

Rio Ferdinand has admitted he would have chosen David Moyes as Machester United's next manager had it been up to him.

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David Moyes: Swansea will be his first Premier League opponent as Manchester Uni

David Moyes: Swansea will be his first Premier League opponent as Manchester Uni

Rio Ferdinand has admitted he would have chosen David Moyes if he had been entrusted with the task of finding Manchester United's next manager - but dismissed any suggestion the Scot will be given time to familiarise himself with his new surroundings.

In four weeks' time, Moyes will be preparing to take charge of his United team in Barclays Premier League combat for the first time.

That opening-day trip to Swansea will begin the acid test of whether Moyes can fulfil the faith Sir Alex Ferguson showed in him when he summoned his fellow Scot to his Cheshire home to confirm who the next United manager would be.

And had Ferdinand been given the responsibility, he would have reached exactly the same conclusion.

"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.

"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."

After handing Moyes an enormous six-year contract, it is clear United's owners, the Glazer family, feel the same way.

Yet Ferdinand dispels any idea that contract can be used by Moyes to ease his way into the new surroundings.

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


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