Rio Ferdinand has backed David Moyes to continue the success of Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
The England international is confident the club have appointed the right man to succeed the 71-year-old, after a glittering career that included 13 Premier League titles.
And Ferdinand believes the ex-Everton boss can begin his own period of success at the Old Trafford club.
"I just think the appointment of David Moyes signals longevity," he told The Daily 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.
"David Moyes is determined, he's a winner and you can see that his teams have a real identity about them in temrs of the way they play. 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's always produced competitive team at Everton, with very little resources.
"Now he will have those resources, hopefully we'll see the fruits of that with our team."
Ferdinand is expecting gradual change at the club, and feels the team will fully back the new manager.
"It would be naive to think the new manager will come in and everything will change dramatically in one fell swoop," he continued.
"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.
"It will be different at first, but I can't wait to get back in again and start training under the new manager and his staff."
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