Rio Ferdinand believes senior figures in the Old Trafford can help David Moyes in his first season in charge, making the transition from Sir Alex Ferguson to the former Everton manager as easy as possible, thereby making Moyes himself a better manager.
United returned to Europe from their Australasian tour on Tuesday and Ferdinand believes that, despite having been officially in charged for less than a month, David Moyes has already begun to settle in his new role and the contribution from older players will be pivotal to ensure the Scot has a successful first season at Manchester United.
“I just look at it as if I was taking the job on,” Ferdinand told the Guardian. “Would you lean on players who have been here for many years, for their experience and ask questions and to better yourself? Of course you would. You’d do the same in any job, so you expect that.”
After a decade at the club, which will be celebrated in a testimonial at Old Trafford on August 9, Rio can definitely be considered one of the senior figures in the dressing room and, while he doesn’t shy away from his responsibilities, he also pinpoints other experienced players at the club that could help David Moyes.
“I think the manager is fortunate he’s got someone like Giggsy, among others, like myself and Carras, who have been here for many years and know the fabric of the club. If there’s anything we can pass on, with our experiences, to help him to become a better manager and to help us win more trophies, then that’s fantastic,” said Ferdinand.
Rio refused to get drawn on making any comparison between Moyes and Sir Alex, a wise choice considering the new United manager has been in the job for just a month.
“I think it’s still too early to talk about stuff like that between the two of them,” said Ferdinand. “The manager before was a one-off, there won’t be anyone like him ever again and you can’t expect anyone to fill his boots exactly the same way.
“And with this manager, I don’t think you can start drawing comparisons yet with them both. You’ve got to give the manager time and hopefully the manager is at a club where he will get that.”
Older players might be crucial in helping David Moyes, but Ferdinand was visibly impressed with the youngsters’ contribution on tour, where Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha made the most of their opportunity to force themselves into David Moyes’s first team plans ahead of next season.
“If you asked anyone else in the club they’d tell you the same thing about him – that he is a great little player. On the last tour he was one of our best players but it didn’t work out for him last season,” Ferdinand said of Lingard. “This season it remains to be seen but he couldn’t have done any more to put himself in the shop window in terms of the manager.”
Despite the youngsters’ performances on tour, United are still to land a significant signing in the transfer window, yet Ferdinand remains upbeat about United’s chances of success. “We’re confident. If we had to go into the new season with the players we’ve got now, I’d be more than confident of doing well and winning trophies but if the manager can add to that and chooses to add to that, then great. But that remains to be seen.
“Winning the league last season, I don’t think that’s going to change massively from this season, in terms of the way we play and things like that. The new manager is going to try to implement parts of his own style into our team but he’s not silly. He knows he’s coming into a championship-winning team.”
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