David Moyes can count on the full support of the Manchester United players when he succeeds Sir Alex Ferguson, according to Rio Ferdinand, who has expressed his delight at the appointment of the club's new manager.

Moyes was confirmed as Ferguson's replacement on Thursday afternoon after the board voted unanimously to hire the Everton boss following a recommendation from his predecessor.

The 50-year-old has signed a six-year contract with the Premier League champions and will begin official duties with his new club on July 1 after his current deal with Everton expires at the end of the campaign.

Moyes arrives at Old Trafford faced with the daunting prospect of following Ferguson's 26-year tenure of continued success, but Ferdinand believes Glaswegian to be a more than capable successor to the soon to be departed current manager.

"We are all delighted," Ferdinand told MUTV. “I think it was important that the club made a decision quickly and it all got sorted out. I think the club have acted impeccably in that sense.

"The manager, I’m sure, thought long and hard about his own decision, he made it and then the club acted swiftly and it’s great to see the new manager coming in."

Moyes has already been described as a 'Manchester United man' by Sir Bobby Charlton and his willingness to continue to advocate the practices and principles laid down by Ferguson placed him as a clear frontrunner for the position.

Ferdinand certainly agrees, and believes Moyes is the ideal candidate to pick up from the end of Ferguson's trophy laden career with the club, during which time he won 13 league titles.

"Another reason I think it’s a good appointment is that David Moyes will be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and he’ll try to continue that and not come in and make changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club," Ferdinand added.

"That’s important for a club of this size and important from what’s gone on before. The manager that we’ve got now has implemented a fantastic system, a working system, and we’ve been successful this year and hopefully we can continue that and this guy I’m sure is the right man to do that and take us forward.

"He’s a very honest man it seems, and from what you hear from other players that you speak to and he’s done a fantastic job at his previous club, Everton.

"They’ve always been a solid team always hard to play against and what he’s always demanded from his players, from what we see, is a great work ethic and I think there are a lot of similarities with the manager that we’ve got at the moment. That’s a big thing that he continues that tradition.”

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