Rio Ferdinand backs Manchester United to recover from poor pre-season

Ferdinand, 34, maintains there is no reason to worry despite the underwhelming early results under Moyes, who replaced the retired Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.

updated: August 10, 2013 13:50 IST
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Manchester: Rio Ferdinand insists there should be no concerns about Manchester United's pre-season form even though Sevilla condemned the Premier League champions to a third defeat in seven games.

United manager David Moyes has endured a difficult opening few weeks in charge, with an indifferent set of results adding to the anxiety caused by Wayne Rooney's desire to leave Old Trafford and the failure to add new signings.

England striker Rooney, 27, trained with the reserves on Thursday and Friday, undergoing more intensive sessions rather than working with the players that were set to feature in Ferdinand's testimonial against Sevilla on Friday.

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