Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has encouraged the club’s new manager, David Moyes, to turn to the experienced players within the team for advice, should he need it, Sky
Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season after Ferguson brought the curtain down on his 26-year United tenure, with Moyes ending his 11-year spell at Everton in order to move to Old Trafford. And Ferdinand was keen to play down comparisons between the former boss and his replacement, insisting that Moyes needed time to find his own path with the Premier League champions.
“The manager beforehand was an individual. There won’t be anyone like him, you can’t expect anyone to fill his boots exactly the same way,” Ferdinand said. “I don’t think you can draw comparisons with them yet, we need to give the manager time.
“I just look at it how I would be in the job. Would you lean on players that have been here for many years for the experience and ask questions to better yourself? Course you would so you expect that.”
Ferdinand added: “But I think the manager’s fortunate he’s got someone like [Ryan Giggs] among others like myself who have been here for many years and know the fabric of the club. If there’s anything we can pass on through experience to help him be a better manager and help us win trophies then fantastic.”
One of Moyes’ first moves was to appoint Giggs as a player-coach at the club, as well as hiring Phil Neville, Moyes’ long-serving Everton captain who began his career at United, to also work on the coaching staff. Giggs has made more than 900 appearances for United while Neville topped 300 for Everton, having played almost 400 times for United. Ferdinand himself has played more than 400 times for United, having been at the club for over a decade.
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