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New Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

New Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

New Manchester United manager David Moyes. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA

DAVID MOYES is honoured to have been given the chance to fill Alex Ferguson's shoes at Manchester United.

Moyes has been given a six-year contract by the Old Trafford outfit and will officially take up his post at the beginning of July.

His work will start before then though, with meetings planned with chief executive elect Ed Woodward to discuss their future strategy, having been given the strongest possible backing by Ferguson.

"It is a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United," said Moyes.

"I am delighted Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job.

"I have great respect for everything he has done.

"I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn't something that comes around very often. I am really looking forward to taking up the post next season."

As it was obvious Moyes would get the job, it certainly did not warrant the frenzy that preceded it, which even included two messages posted on United's official Facebook page ahead of the confirmation that needed to be hastily taken down.

The official statement that came out underlined why Moyes has been chosen in preference to the other front-runner, Jose Mourinho.

For, in giving the 50-year-old a six-year contract, twice as long as Mourinho has spent in any job, United have shown their desire to hire someone willing to immerse themselves in every facet of the club, just as Ferguson has done.


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