United players give verdict on Moyes
Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick have welcomed the appointment of David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.
The announcement of the 71-year-old’s retirement comes ahead of his final game in charge at Old Trafford, where he will be presented with the Premier League trophy against Swansea City.
Following the news that Moyes will take over from the former Aberdeen manager, who has been in charge at Old Trafford since 1986, early reports suggest that the majority of players approve of the decision.
Ferdinand, who Ferguson signed from Leeds United in 2003, for a then record transfer fee, told the broadcaster: “It was important the club made a decision quickly and got it all sorted before people could start making rumours.
“The club have acted impeccably in that respect. It’s great to see the new manager coming in, we’ve never had a problem with him here at United, he’s a very honest man from the players you speak to and he’s done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton.
“I’m sure he’ll be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and try and continue that and not come in and try and make crazy changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club.”
His team mate Carrick has also come out to give his backing to his incoming manager.
The England midfielder added: “He’s done a terrific job at Everton. He’s been there a long time and has had great success with the resources he’s had. It’s obviously a big change because this club’s been run for so long by one person.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting him and getting good training in pre-season and looking forward to a good future.
“He’s honest and fair to his players as far as I’m aware. He sets high standards just as he expects high standards of ourselves.”
The amount of respect given to the Toffees manager as he prepares to take over from the iconic Scotsman does not stop with the current Old Trafford crop.
Former players Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole have also told how he is a “perfect fit” for the Red Devils.
Yorke said, as reported by the broadcaster: “When you look at all of the managers who are out there at this point in time, he fits the role perfectly.
“He’s a very experienced man who has been at Everton for 10 years or so; he’s had a very limited amount of money to spend but has managed to get the best out of his players.
“He’s a loyal man – he’s a family man; he’s got all of the ingredients. He is certainly a football person.
“Only time will tell if he is the right man for the job, but I do believe that he is the right appointment at this stage,” with Cole reiterating a similar view.
Moyes’ Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright, is clearly disappointed at the loss of his own Scotsman at Goodison Park, and has admitted that it will be a tough task to replace the man who has been responsible for taking the club from relegation scrappers to European contenders in successive seasons.
He said, as reported by the broadcaster: “He’s a great manager and Manchester United are very lucky.
“It will be tough for all Evertonians to say goodbye to him, he’s a great manager. Let’s be honest, we couldn’t stand in his way because he is out of contract. He’s out of contract and it was his decision. He’s made it.
“We’ve had a really good 11-year adventure with David and it’s my job, and the club’s job, to get a worthy successor and build on what David has definitely brought to the football club and hopefully move on from there.”