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'Two-job' Moyes to juggle his new role

DAVID MOYES today began work as Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United after bidding farewell to Everton with defeat at Chelsea.

Moyes' 518th game of his 11-year reign ended in a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge and he will juggle his handover at Goodison Park with his new role at Old Trafford this week before going on holiday.

"I'll probably be doing two jobs for the next week or so," said former Preston boss Moyes.

"I'm sad that I'm leaving Everton. Look at the players. I brought every one of them, except Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman, who were already here.

"I hope I'm leaving the club in a better condition than when I took over and I think the group of players they've got are a top group of players."

Moyes will assist chairman Bill Kenwright if asked about his replacement, with his handover notes already prepared.

"I'll go into Finch Farm (Everton's training ground) some of the days next week and make sure everything's in place for whoever the incoming manager is," Moyes added.

Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea can challenge Moyes' United for the league title next term after succeeding in his brief as interim boss by securing a Champions League return and silverware with the Europa League title.

The victory over Everton secured third place in the top flight and ended the prospect of a play-off with Arsenal.

Benitez (pictured, above), who would not be drawn of his own future other than confirming he would be travelling to the United States for the club's end-of-season tour, said: "This team will be challenging for the title next year.

"It has been a great experience. We've taken a team, a team in transition with young players, and now we have left a good team, with more experience, with good character, scoring goals, more balance.

"I think it will be good for the next manager, because he will have a very good team and also the owner will bring in more players."

Benitez decided not to bid farewell to home supporters at Stamford Bridge, who sang Jose Mourinho's name in anticipation of the Special One's return this summer.