Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Duo applaud Moyes capture

Rio Ferdinand, left, and Michael Carrick, right, are happy with the appointment of David Moyes

Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick have both praised the appointment of David Moyes as new Manchester United manager.

The 50-year-old will officially replace Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement on Wednesday, in the United hotseat on July 1 after signing a six-year-deal at Old Trafford. Ferdinand, as one of the playing staff's elder statesmen, was pleased both by the swift nature of the decision and the identity of Ferguson's replacement.

"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," he told MUTV.

"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."

Carrick has also been impressed by Moyes' body of work at Everton and is eagerly awaiting the start of a new era.

"He's done a terrific job at Everton," said the England midfielder.

"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 we expect high standards of ourselves."

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