David Moyes spoke about becoming the new Manchester United manager for the first time on Friday, and the former Everton boss revealed the extraordinary circumstances in which he inherited the job from his recently retired predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
Speaking in front of the world’s media during his first press conference with the Reds, the 50-year-old also outlined a desire to replicate the success that has been enjoyed at Old Trafford throughout history, whilst expressing his plan to maintain the traditions that embody the club.
“I'm incredibly privileged I was given the opportunity to manage Manchester United and grateful to Sir Alex and the board for making it happen," Moyes said.
"It was a really strange situation for me. I had no idea whatsoever. A lot of people thought I’d known something about the job but I knew nothing at all about it until Sir Alex gave me a call and asked me to come to his house.
“I was expecting him to say, 'I'm going to take one of your players' or 'I’m going to do something else' but we went in and the first thing he said to me was that he was retiring. I said, 'Yeah, when?' He was never retiring, was he?
"He said 'Next week' and his next words were,'And you're the next Manchester United manager'. I didn’t get a chance to say yes or no. I was told I was the next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex. For me, that was enough.
"Whoever was going to take on this job knows the job at hand, taking over from the manager before. He was incredible, somebody everybody in football looks up to, known around the world. There's probably nobody better. He comes from a line of many Scottish managers – Sir Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Jock Stein... Sir Alex is certainly right up there with that group of managers.
"All I can do is do what David Moyes has done before. I'll definitely continue the traditions of Manchester United but I have to, in my own way, put my own stamp on the club. Sir Alex had to do it when he took over and it took him a little bit of time. I'm very fortunate that I'm taking over the champions of England. From that point of view, it gives me a great starting point – better than most would ever get."