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Sunday 20 April 2014

Moyes to meet Man United squad this morning

David Moyes took charge of Everton for the final time at Goodison Park on Sunday
David Moyes

David Moyes is set to meet the Manchester United squad this morning as he begins the task of following in Sir Alex Ferguson's footsteps.

Moyes was due to meet United players and staff at Carrington for the first time in order to outline his plans for the future.

Although he does not officially start work until July 1, realistically, that start date is impractical as United head on tour on July 10 and return to pre-season training before then.

Moyes will also have to decide which areas of the present squad he needs to improve.

It is a tricky position for the outgoing Everton boss.

On one hand it would be natural for Moyes to insist on making his own mark, and having people he knows well around him.

On the other, the 50-year-old will be loath to unsettle a system that has proved to be so successful for so long.

He should at least meet a group of players in high spirits following yesterday's incredible 5-5 draw at West Brom.

It was the highest scoring draw in Premier League history and matched a result United have recorded just once, in 1895, when they were still known as Newton Heath.

After the crazy 26 years Ferguson has spent at Old Trafford, it seemed a fitting way to go out, although Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie did wish for a "Fergie Time" winner.

"I was waiting for some Fergie time at the end," joked the Dutchman.

"It didn't happen but to score 10 goals was good fun for everyone, so I think the fans are pleased."

Van Persie does not expect the transition to working under Moyes to prove problematic.

"Everybody wants to work for each other and share the success and I'm 100 per cent sure that we will play for trophies every year and, hopefully, win a few every year. That's our standard for this team," he said.

"Of course, we get a new manager next year and everybody is looking forward to that. It's a new challenge for everyone. We'll have a nice break now and then we go again."

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