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Rio: Title under Moyes would be special

June 17, 2013
By ESPN staff

Rio Ferdinand believes winning the Premier League title under new Manchester United boss David Moyes "would be something special".

Rio Ferdinand celebrates Manchester United's 20th league title
GettyImages / Jon SuperRio Ferdinand celebrates Manchester United's 20th league title.

Ferdinand, in an interview with The Sun, says claiming another domestic crown following the retirement of long-time United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could in fact eclipse last season's milestone of winning the club's 20th league title.

"To win the league under David Moyes would be phenomenal," Ferdinand told The Sun.

"Last season was one of the best when we won title No 20 but this could go beyond that. To win it at the first attempt with a new man in charge would be something special."

The former England defender insists Moyes will be a success at Old Trafford after his move from Everton, and has encouraged players from around the world to join the Scot in his quest to achieve glory at his new home.

"Moyes is a real football man and an honest guy," he explained. "His hard working ethic reflects the man himself and he obviously wants success. We've got a great chance with this manager.

"Every year when we have the end-of-season party we are thinking about the next season and what we are going to do.

"We always talk about improving on the previous season. That was no different this year just because the manager has changed.

"If United come in for you, you take it. Even if you are a great player you become a better one at this club. Cristiano Ronaldo became the best player in the world having come from Sporting Lisbon.

"The likes of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Andy Cole all became great players at United. With this platform you cannot believe anyone would ever turn it down.

"We are well paid, of course, but it's more important for me to be at a club which enjoys success, and historically is the greatest in the world, than to earn a bit extra somewhere else.

"I could have left United for more money but that's never stimulated me. I've had the greatest stage here.

"If you have ambition your aim has to be to make a name for yourself at a top club. Money should not be the over-riding factor.

"As a player aged between say 23 and 27 that is what you should be looking at. It shows you are going somewhere and want to win trophies."