Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United will come back stronger than ever under new manager David Moyes.
There were fears the Old Trafford side could suffer a slump after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season, but the centre-back insisted that would not be happening.
Ferdinand believes the recruitment of Moyes to succeed Ferguson was an inspired decision by Manchester United officials and that he even sees some of his old boss in the younger Scot.
“I just think the appointment of David Moyes signals longevity,” he told the Mirror.
“More than anything, I think the club wanted a manager who was going to be here for a long period of time and try and emulate what Sir Alex did.
“The new boss will have his own ways and his own style of management, but there are elements of Sir Alex in him.”
Moyes will be officially appointed on July 1 and will take his new Manchester United squad on a tour to south-east Asia little over a week later.
Ferdinand has met the former Everton boss before and believes the qualities he saw in him will prove a positive for the squad.
“David Moyes is determined, he’s winner and you can see that his teams have a real identity about them in terms of the way they play,” he added.
“There’s also an intensity about the way he is as a person. Whenever I’ve met him I’ve been struck by that and I think he’ll be a great addition to the club.
“He always produced competitive teams at Everton, with very little resources.
“Now he will have those resources, hopefully we’ll see the fruits of that with our team.”
While Ferdinand accepts things will be different at Old Trafford and the club’s Carrington training ground under the new man, he does not believe Moyers will be making wholesale changes early on.
However, the 34-year-old believes Moyes will implement his own ideas eventually and that the Manchester United players will be more than willing to adapt to doing things differently.
“Obviously we’ll still be doing a lot of things we’ve done in the past that have brought us success,” he said.
“It would be naïve to think the new manager will come in and everything will change dramatically in one fell swoop.
“He’ll change things over the course of time and a club like United has a proven history of giving managers a chance to do that.
“I’ve not seen anyone in the past be successful at a club by coming in and changing everything completely on day one.
“And there’s nothing to suggest that will happen. The manager will come in with new ideas and will want to implement new things.
“I know that the players we’ve got within our changing room will embrace that completely and give everything for him.”