Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United’s opponents that they will still be top dogs next season.
Many sceptics wrote United off the second Alex Ferguson announced his retirement after guiding them to their 20th English top-flight title.
Those sceptics smirked even further when David Moyes- who has never won an away game against a top-four team- was announced as Fergie’s successor, and not a bona fide, readymade champion like Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti or Pep Guardiola.
But Rio says that United’s detractors should brace themselves for the shock of the Red Devils competing for glory, long into the future under battling Scotsman Moyes.
"I just think the appointment of David Moyes signals longevity,” Ferdinand 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 to 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 real identity about them in terms of the way they play. There's also an intensity about the way he is as a person," Rio added.
"Whenever I've met him I've been struck by that and I think he'll be a great addition to the club.
"Obviously we'll still be doing a lot of things we've done in the past that have brought us success.
"It would be naive to think the new manager will come in and everything will change in one fell swoop. 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."