Ferdinand: We've got to keep focus

The Manchester Utd defender revealed that the players had a hard time coming to terms with Ferguson's departure but are now focused for the new season

Manchester United will open their new English Premier League campaign with a trip to the Liberty Stadium to square-up against Swansea City.

It will also be a dawn of a new era for the reigning league champions as there will be a new manager at the helm after long serving manager Alex Ferguson stepped down at the end of the previous season. 

Former Everton manager David Moyes has taken up the hot seat at Old Trafford and his appointment has been well-received by the United players, namely defender Rio Ferdinand.

“Obviously the new manager will come in with new ideas, we’ve got to be ready and stay on the ball if we want to be successful,” said Ferdinand at a charity event organised by Marina Bay Sands Singapore on Thursday.

“We’ve got to be focused on impressing him. But we’ve got to keep focus on making sure we’re ready for the start of the season because it’s important to get off to a good start and I’m confident we will."

Although it was hard for the player to initially come to terms with Ferguson’s decision to retire, he revealed that the players have eventually accepted it. 

“All the players faced a bit of an emotional time when he (Ferguson) told us [ of his decision to retire]," he said.

“We respect his decision. He’s been here for so long and won so many things. It was only right that he went out the way he did, which is to win the league. It speaks volume of him as a man.

“He couldn’t have gone at a better time for the club and we’re looking forward to the next season.”

With the new season kicking-off in August 17, there is indeed little time to be emotional about Ferguson’s departure and if Ferdinand had his way, he would certainly like to face the big guns in the opening few fixtures. 

“Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool in the first five games, Swansea away as well," he noted.

"Normally, it gets easier through the season with the teams that are normally around that you get if you play them in September, so you’ve got a few games to plant your feet."