Manchester United stalwart Rio Ferdinand has welcomed the move from new boss David Moyes to seek advice from the club’s senior players as he settles into his role at Old Trafford.
Moyes has sought council from likes of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and new United assistant coach Phil Neville as he gets to grips with the enormity of the task he has taken on at United, with Ferdinand suggesting his open approach will serve him well as he attempts to succeed the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I think the manager is fortunate he’s got people like Giggsy, myself and Carrick, who have been here for many years and know the fabric of the club," states Ferdinand, in quotes appearing in several British newspapers.
"If there’s anything we can pass on with our experiences to help him to become a better manager and to help us win more trophies, then that’s fantastic.
"I just look at it as if I was taking the job on and ask you lean on players who have been here for many years, for their experience and to ask questions and to better yourself? Of course you would. You’d do the same in any job.
"Winning the league last season, I don’t think that’s going to change massively from this season, in terms of the way we play and things like that. The new manager is going to try to implement parts of his own style into our team, but he’s not silly, he knows he’s coming into a championship-winning team."
Ferdinand went on to insist there would be no merit in comparing the managerial styles of Ferguson and Moyes so soon into the latter’s reign as United boss, with the centre-back urging all observers to bide their time before passing judgement on the new man at the helm.
"I think it’s still too early to talk about comparisons between the two of them," he added. "The manager before was a one-off, there won’t be anyone like him ever again and you can’t expect anyone to fill his boots exactly the same way.
"I don’t think you can start drawing comparisons yet with them both. You’ve got to give the manager time and hopefully the manager is at a club where he will get that."