New Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that he is already forward to working with defender Rio Ferdinand, who recently signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United. Ferdinand’s future at Old Trafford was under major a cloud of doubt due to the fact that he had only a few months left on his contract. However, United offered him a new deal after the announcement of his international retirement came about. Moyes will be has to be content with the departures in the form of Ferguson and Paul Scholes.

The former England midfielder will be retiring for the second time in his career. Even though he is 38 years old, he continued to have a major influence in the team. Due to these departures, Moyes reckons that it is extremely important that United managed to hold onto Ferdinand. The 34-year-old defender is not expected to continue playing football for a long time, but this one year could be extremely vital in the settling process of Moyes. Moyes has seen Ferdinand form an incredible partnership with Jonny Evans at the back, which was crucial to Manchester United winning the title in the absence of Nemanja Vidic for long periods of the season.

“Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club and even from the outside you can see what a big character he is in the dressing room, so I am delighted he has signed a new contract. I am looking forward to working with him,” said Moyes. Moyes will be replacing Ferguson who has been in charge of Manchester United for the last 26 years. Moyes himself as being a manager at Everton for the last 11 years. This is his first managerial job at the club and he is yet to win a major trophy.