Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes would have been his choice for manager – but does not believe he needs special treatment.
Moyes was appointed Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor and will take control of his first competitive game when the champions visit Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Whilst the decision to appoint the former Everton manager in the role was met with initial mixed reactions from fans, the former England international believes he is the right man for the job.
"We've got a manager who's very enthusiastic. He's young and has got the desire and appetite to be successful," he told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. "After the manager we had, that was very much needed and he's someone I would have chosen if I was in a position to.
"He's not someone who is looking to come in for three or four years - he'd love to replicate what the manager [Sir Alex] has done. There were people who'd have come into the job, who maybe wouldn't have wanted to be here for that amount of time. I'm sure the new manager sees this as a job for the long term."
The 34-year-old says the pressure of replacing Sir Alex is enormous but feels the Scot can cope with the demands of the job.
"You can't get away from the fact that the fans, and us as players, expect to win," said Ferdinand. "We've been used to it, so to say that the fans won't mind, that we should give the manager a bit of time to bed in, is lying.
"We want to win and I am sure he [Moyes] is the same. He doesn't want to come in and say 'give me a three-year bedding in time, I can just dilly-dally and be second or third."