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It'll be strange without Ferguson next year: Ferdinand

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Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 11:05 hrs
Ferdinand

Q) Rio, there is one more day left at the end of an amazing season and it will be Sir Alex Ferguson's very last in charge. Have you recovered from the party at Old Trafford last week when he said goodbye to the United fans?

A) Well, it was an incredible day, really emotional. The manager leaving after all the years he's been here and all the success he's had, he deserved a reception like that. It was special. It was phenomenal.

Q) As you say, he deserve that kind of reception after 26 years at the club. It's going to be strange without him next year isn't it?

A) It will be, yes, very strange. What he's done for this club is incredible, unbelievable. His record speaks volumes about the type of manager he is, the type of man he is and his incredible desire to win. His work ethic is incredible and he wants to make you a better player. I can't thank him enough for what he's done for me.

He has a real ability to build teams and he's leaving the club in a very healthy state for the new manager to come in and take over as well.

Q) You managed to pay your own respects to the manager by scoring the winning goal against Swansea last week!

A) Exactly! And it was a late goal which is very like United. Actually it was really nice to get on the scoresheet - I kept telling everyone it was an incredible strike. I was thinking before the game that it seemed like everyone else in the squad had scored this season and I hadn't. So I wanted to do it. I just smashed it home - I have to say it was a beautiful finish!

Q) Regardless of the manager leaving, how do you look back on the season now? It was very important for United to win back the title you lost on goal difference to Manchester City in such dramatic fashion on the last day of last season, wasn't it?

A) We wanted it back, no doubt about that. That was always the aim. It's always sweet when you win the title and it was nice to do it in the right way and in style, not on goal difference. We have won it outright and we have won it comfortably.

Q) Soon, once you have played this last game against West Brom, there will be a new man in charge at Old Trafford though - David Moyes. What has Sir Alex said to you about the new manager?

A) He just said to get behind the new manager and support him because he deserves that. That's what we'll do and that's what the fans will do. I'm sure of that because it's a great club and we want to keep on winning trophies. There's still a hunger here to do that, there always will be.

Q) Can you describe what it was like when Sir Alex told all the players that he was retiring? The story goes that he did it at training but what actually happened?

A) It's a personal moment between the squad and manager but it was emotional. We were devastated. But it's a great club and we have to move on - and he wants that. That's what we'll do. He's left a great legacy.

Q) What did you think when David Moyes was announced as the next Manchester United manager?

A) We were all delighted. It was important the club made a decision quickly and it all got sorted out. "I am sure the manager thought long and hard about his own decision but the club have acted swiftly and it's great to see the new manager coming in.

I think David Moyes will be very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club. He'll try to continue that and not come in and make changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club. That's important for a club of this size.

The manager that we've got now has implemented a fantastic system, a working system. We've been successful this year and hopefully we can continue that. This guy, I'm sure, is the right man to do that.

Q) What do you know about David Moyes?

A) Well obviously we've played against his teams many times. He's a very honest man it seems from what you hear from other players you speak to.

He's done a fantastic job at Everton. They've always been a solid team and what he's always demanded is a great work ethic.

There are a lot of similarities with the manager we've got at the moment and it's a big thing that he continues that tradition.

Q) Will you still be at Old Trafford next year? There's talk of you being offered a new contract but also of interest from clubs all over the world. Fans might be worried that you will leave as well as Sir Alex?

A) Well, I have to go speak to the board about a new contract  - and hopefully the boss can put in a good word for me. That's all I can say.

Q) You are 34, but you feel you can still play at the very top level for a bit longer?

A) That's the way I feel. Right now I am just enjoying my football, playing in the big games, being regularly in the team. It enables you to hit a bit of form and I'm just enjoying playing regularly at the moment. I hope I can carry on.

Q) Maybe you'll carry on as long as Ryan Giggs! You've got a good role model there!

A) I'm not sure anyone will be able to do what Giggsy has done! I'm just taking it year by year. But right now I'm enjoying it.

Q) You have just announced your retirement from international football with England after 81 caps. What prompted that decision?

A) It came after a lot of thought. But at the age of 34, I feel it's right for me to stand aside and let the younger players come through, which allows me to concentrate on my club career. The team looks in great shape and there is an influx of young, talented players coming through the ranks which bodes well for the future. I wish them well and I can say I've always been really proud to play for England.

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