Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to the David Moyes era at Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his illustrious 26-year reign at Old Trafford earlier this month, after leading the Reds to a record-extending 20th league title. It didn’t take long for Moyes to be approached as a replacement his fellow Scot, and the Everton boss was equally quick to accept a six-year contract to succeed the most successful manager in history.
Moyes has already met his new squad and the backroom staff, and it appears as though one of the first, albeit easiest, issues in his in-tray has already been resolved. Ferdinand was due to become a free agent when his contract expired next month, but as expected, the 34-year-old has revealed he has signed a new deal to remain at the club for another 12 months.
The former West Ham United and Leeds United defender has been in Manchester since the summer of 2002, when he sealed a £29million move from Elland Road. He has, of course, only played under Ferguson during his time at the club, but the former England international has revealed he is looking forward to bringing in a new era under the Moyes regime.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 75,000 fans each week? This is a great team to be part of and we are now moving into a new era with the club which is very exciting. I have met with David I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club.”
A bigger issue which will soon require Moyes’ attention is that of Wayne Rooney. The England striker has asked to leave Old Trafford after growing disillusioned by his importance to the first team, but there have been suggestions that his new manager, who also managed him during his time at Goodison Park, is keen to hold discussions in the near future.