"We're in a fantastic position. We're looking down and saying to other teams, 'Come and catch us'. David Moyes couldn't be walking into a healthier situation."

- Rio Ferdinand

16/05/2013 09:39, Report by Adam Marshall
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Rio: Watch us go

that and it released any kind of pressure. Some managers do put [pressure] on players to be fit all the time. I've been in that situation where I think I need to be fit, I really need to be fit and you almost become a hindrance to the team. It's great for me to get that comfort from the manager. I think, as an older player, you need that towards the end of your career."

With Everton boss Moyes coming in to take charge, Ferdinand admits he, like all his team-mates, will need to impress all over again and start from scratch.

"You've got to prove yourself under the new manager," he said. "He's going to come in with new ideas, new rules and a new regime. No matter how long we've been here, and the likes of Giggsy and myself have been here for many years, we'll be in the same boat as people like Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley. So we've all got to prove ourselves to make sure he thinks we're the right people to start each game."

In the same MUTV interview, Rio reflected on a whirlwind week for the Reds - beginning with the moment when Sir Alex Ferguson informed the players of his impending retirement.

"We came in and there was a notice on the board to say there was a meeting," Ferdinand revealed. "There were rumours in the paper that the manager was going to leave but we were thinking: 'There's no chance he'll be leaving. There are too many good things going on at the club because of the squad he's building'.

"Then he broke the news and the most I remember from it was that it was dead quiet in the room. Even when he left, there was real silence and I think that's just a combination of disappointment and respect as well for the manager's decision. For what he's done for the club, for us as individuals and as a team, you've got to respect

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