Veteran defender still hungry for success.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes new manager David Moyes can continue the great success that the club enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.
In an exclusive interview with the London Evening Standard, the 34-year-old said he is feeling confident that United can challenge for all four trophies this season, and that he and the rest of the squad are as hungry as ever for glory.
United have come in for some criticism after an indifferent start to the season – particularly in a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, as well as for a poor transfer window in which they missed out on a number of their top targets.
However, the squad remains largely unchanged after last season’s title success, and Ferdinand believes it would be foolish to write the team off at this early stage.
“We’ve got a strong enough squad to win everything,” he said. “We won the League at a canter last season and we’ve not become a bad team overnight.
“You can’t judge the league after three games. We’ll have to wait and see where we end up.”
Despite the relative inexperience of Moyes, who spent ten years at Everton but who never won a trophy, Ferdinand added that the players’ previous success will spur them on to win again.
“We still have a burning ambition to win things — that never goes out and never goes down.
“When you win, you kind of become a machine of wanting to win more. It’s that DNA in ourselves and the club, that’s just part and parcel of being a Manchester United footballer.”
Ferdinand has been at Old Trafford since 2002, when he joined from Leeds United, and has gone on to win six Premier League titles for the Red Devils.