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“David Moyes is very similar to the young Alex Ferguson who first came to the club. He is hungry, driven, he has a lot of discipline and I think he will blend straight in."

 - Lee Sharpe

03/06/2013 12:00, Report by M Froggatt, E Atyeo

Sharpe: Moyes the right man

Lee Sharpe has backed David Moyes to succeed as Manchester United manager, citing the many similarities between the Scot and Sir Alex Ferguson as reasons.

The former Everton boss will officially take over at Old Trafford on 1 July following his predecessor’s retirement from football, beginning the most-anticipated managerial reign since Wilf McGuinness famously replaced Sir Matt Busby in 1969.

And Sharpe, who was one of Sir Alex’s earliest signings in 1988, believes the changing of the guard at the Theatre of Dreams will be completely seamless due to a sensible, intelligent appointment.  

“I think it is going to be a smooth transition and business as usual,” the ex-Reds winger told ManUtd.com after Sunday’s Red Heart United match with Real Madrid.

“David Moyes is very similar to the young Alex Ferguson who first came to the club. He is hungry, driven, he has a lot of discipline and I think he will blend straight in.

“He will be a bit surprised by the actual size of the club when he turns up for pre-season and sees the amount of fans we have around the world. But I think he is going to be fine and I think he is the right man for the job.”

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