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'Moyes is perfect choice to replace Ferguson', says former Utd star Henning Berg

FORMER Manchester United defender Henning Berg believes Everton's David Moyes is the perfect candidate to take on the enormous task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, who will retire at the end of the season.

Former Manchester United defender Henning Berg believes Everton's David Moyes is the perfect candidate to take on the enormous task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, who will retire at the end of the season.

Ferguson's fellow Scot was named as his successor today and Berg, who was part of Ferguson's Premier League and Champions League-winning side in 1999, approves of the choice.

The Norwegian is an admirer of the way Moyes has gone about his business during an 11-year stay at Goodison Park and believes he could even bring some playing talent with him.

England left-back Leighton Baines has been strongly linked with the Red Devils before and Marouane Fellaini is known to covet a move to a title-chasing side.

"David Moyes is a very good choice," Berg told talkSPORT.

"He's very similar to Ferguson as a manager. He's shown at Everton what he can do with limited resources and he will look to lead the club in the same way.

"Of course he might want to bring one or two (Everton) players with him but I don't think there will be too many changes.

"Most things are working at United at the moment so it's a smooth transition."

Despite Moyes' credentials, life in the Barclays Premier League will never be the same again, according to one manager who hopes to be operating in the top flight next season.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet, whose side are in the npower Championship play-offs, believes Ferguson will cast a long shadow for years to come.

"After Alex Ferguson, football in England is going to be different because of the personality, the power, the leadership and everything he has done in football," the Uruguayan said at a press conference.

"I am sure the Premier League next year is going to be totally different. Something is going to be missing.

"You cannot copy, you cannot get another Alex Ferguson. There is only one."

Poyet's view is echoed by Dwight Yorke, who played for United between 1998 and 2002.

Yorke believes his former manager will join - and eclipse - the great Sir Matt Busby in the United pantheon.

"There will be no other person like him, his legacy will continue and it will live a long time in terms of what he has achieved," he told The Sun.

"When his time is come and gone, it's all about legacy and Sir Matt Busby's legacy continued to live on. I have no doubt in my mind that Sir Alex will become the ultimate legend for Manchester United Football Club."

One player who will end up as a footnote in the Ferguson era is Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

He will join the Red Devils in the summer and will go down as Ferguson's final signing.

His Palace boss Ian Holloway said: "It's the end of an era. A fantastic, great man who will bow out at the top. The best manager in my lifetime has suddenly stopped.

"I feel sad for Wilf as well as I'm sure he wanted one or two seasons with him.

"Everything (Ferguson) says to you you can't help but take in and grow from it because of the way he says it.

"I had a chat with Wilf and I'm sure when it all settles down I'm sure they will be in touch. He goes down as Sir Alex's last ever signing - it's not a bad one."

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