David Moyes is showing signs of greatness, says Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand has said that new manager David Moyes is showing signs of being a great manager in his early days in the Old Trafford hot seat.

The centre-back has seen the managerial post change for the first time in his Manchester United career and admits he was worried that Moyes would force him to adapt to a new training routine.

After problems with injury, Ferdinand has developed a specific formula to keep fit and he is glad Moyes has allowed him to stick with it.

In an interview with BBC Sport he said: "At West Ham you didn't see a football on your first day back for pre-season. 

"You were taken to Hainault Forest and you ran until you were sick. People were spewing up on the way because they'd been having crazy summers. The next day you couldn't walk.

"But now they see that as tearing fibres and it is so against the way they look at it now. Now they ease you back in to it.

"We've had some double days with the new manager - I think he wanted to get us fit as quickly as possible but it's different.

"Its inevitable that there were going to be changes and Moyes knows I've got a certain way that I need to train. 

"I know my body and he's allowed us to do our own thing - that's been fantastic and is the sign of a great manager."

Ferdinand has also revealed that Moyes is happy to join in with fun and games, as was Sir Alex Ferguson, but knows when to get serious.

The 34-year-old also praised his decision to hire both Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs as coaches with the latter still expected to perform his playing duties.

"I think they're great additions," he said. "Both of them known the club inside and out and that's important for the new manager if he needs someone to lean on. They'll be able to steer him in the right direction."

On Moyes' sense of humour he said: "He is quick to join in the banter but when it's work time it's work time and that's what players want. The players at Manchester United aren't here to mess about on the training pitch. 

"We want to enjoy ourselves but we also want to be drilled and want to work towards the same goal of being successful."

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