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Moyes on a winner


Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic (R) challenges Chelsea's Demba Ba. Picture: REUTERS/Darren Staples.

Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic (R) challenges Chelsea's Demba Ba. Picture: REUTERS/Darren Staples.

Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic (R) challenges Chelsea's Demba Ba. Picture: REUTERS/Darren Staples.

MANCHESTER UNITED skipper Nemanja Vidic cannot wait to start working with new boss David Moyes.

The Scot has been handed a six-year contract by the Old Trafford outfit, and will begin work as soon as the season is at an end.

For Moyes that means two more matches at Everton, whilst Vidic gets to play two more matches for Alex Ferguson, including Sunday's encounter with Swansea.

As Ferguson's final game at Old Trafford, it promises to be an emotional occasion.

And Vidic knows he has plenty of reasons to thank the man who lured him to United from Spartak Moscow in December 2005.

But the Serbian has no sense of trepidation about the change at the top.

"I'm looking forward to working with David and I believe I will have the same success I had with Sir Alex," Vidic said. "David and Sir Alex share some similarities – they are very passionate, they are both winners and you can see the way they approach the games and how they run things."

It has been suggested Moyes will work his new charges hard in training, but that merely ties in with the regime that is about to reach its end.

"David Moyes did a great job with Everton," said Vidic.

"He is the man who gets his players to work hard and show discipline.

"He did that well with Everton because in the last few years they've been successful in getting into the top six."

Moyes himself is honoured to have been given the chance to fill Ferguson's mighty shoes.

Although he will officially take up his post at the beginning of July, Moyes' work will start before then, with meetings planned with chief executive elect Ed Woodward to discuss their joint future strategy, having been given the strongest possible backing by Ferguson.

Vidic's centre-back partner Rio Ferdinand has also offered dressing room backing for the appointment of Moyes.

Generally the most tight-knit of dressing rooms, Moyes must impose himself on a group of players who have won virtually every honour in the game, with plenty about to celebrate their fifth, sixth or, in Ryan Giggs' case, 13th league title.

It may not be an easy task.

However, Ferdinand, one of the longest-serving and most influential members of the United squad, having signed from Leeds in 2002, feels positive about the change.

"We are all delighted," he said.

"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.

"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.

"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."

Moyes will work with his new charges for the first time in July, when they report for pre-season training.

The team and Moyes will then head off on a tour that includes visits to Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong before returning for his first official match in charge on August 11, against either Manchester City or Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley.

"I have always said we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man," said Bobby Charlton, now an influential United director.

"In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club.

"We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success.

"David has tremendous strength of character and recognises the importance of bringing young players through and developing them alongside world-class talent.

"At United, I think David will be able to express himself.

"I'm delighted he has accepted and I'm looking forward to working with him."