Ferdinand backs Moyes for Premier League title, reveals reason for loyalty to Man Utd
The new Manchester United manager David Moyes seems to be settling down well at club. The former Everton boss, who was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson, has already won over the hearts of his players and fans.
The Old Trafford boss is expected to defend the Premier League title in his first year at the club. Manchester United’s long-time serving defender Rio Ferdinand believes David Moyes is capable of delivering such result. The England international believes it “would be something special” to win the Premier League title under David Moyes in his first year at the club.
“To win the league under David Moyes would be phenomenal,” Rio Ferdinand told The Sun in an interview. “Last season was one of the best when we won title No 20 but this could go beyond that. To win it at the first attempt with a new man in charge would be something special.”
The 34-year-old center-back asked his teammates to show their devotion towards winning silverware next season. Rio Ferdinand believes the new Scottish boss would need support from his players if he is to acquire glory.
“Moyes is a real football man and an honest guy,” Rio Ferdinand continued. “His hard working ethic reflects the man himself and he obviously wants success. We've got a great chance with this manager.
“Every year when we have the end-of-season party we are thinking about the next season and what we are going to do. We always talk about improving on the previous season. That was no different this year just because the manager has changed.
“If United come in for you, you take it. Even if you are a great player you become a better one at this club. Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world having come from Sporting Lisbon.
“The likes of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Andy Cole all became great players at United. With this platform you cannot believe anyone would ever turn it down. We are well paid, of course, but it's more important for me to be at a club which enjoys success, and historically is the greatest in the world, than to earn a bit extra somewhere else.”
Rio Ferdinand also talked about the possibility of leaving Manchester United in the past. The former England international revealed that he had opportunity to leave the club for more lucrative offers, but “ambition” and “name for yourself at a top club” kept him at Old Trafford.
“I could have left United for more money but that's never stimulated me. I've had the greatest stage here. If you have ambition your aim has to be to make a name for yourself at a top club. Money should not be the over-riding factor.
“As a player aged between say 23 and 27 that is what you should be looking at. It shows you are going somewhere and want to win trophies.”