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Rio: Old guard will help Moyes this season
Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United’s old guard will guide manager David Moyes through his first season at the club. Moyes has admitted to being slightly daunted at the prospect of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferdinand said: “I just look at it as if I was taking the job on. Would you lean on players who have been here for many years? Of course you would. I think the manager is fortunate he’s got someone like Giggsy, among others like myself and Carras (Michael Carrick), who know the fabric of the club. If there’s anything we can pass on to help him become a better manager and to help us win more trophies, that’s fantastic. I don’t think it’s going to change massively in terms of the way we play. The new manager is going to try to implement parts of his style into our team but he’s not silly. He knows he’s coming into a championship-winning team. You’ve got to give the manager time and, hopefully, he is at a club where he will get that.”
The Sun says Nani will reject interest from Monaco to stay at United and impress new manager David Moyes after the Portuguese winger spoke optimistically about the new season. “Of course there are changes but we hope the new manager comes with a lot of new ideas and will help us win again,” Nani is quoted. “Players have to prove themselves because it is a different manager. He knows the Premier League so he knows most of us.”
Elsewhere, The Mirror claims Antonio Valencia will ask for time off from United’s pre-season preparations to attend the funeral of his countryman Christian Benitez, who sadly passed away at the age of 27 earlier this week.