Beating the Blues
Moyes boasts an excellent record against the 'modern' Manchester City, having won seven and drawn one of his 10 meetings with them since Sheikh Mansour's takeover early in 2008/09. This sequence includes two 'doubles' - victories at home and away in the same season - and four consecutive wins at Goodison Park. The last of these, 2-0 on 16 March 2013, helped United to go 15 points clear in the title race as the Reds defeated Reading 1-0 later that day. Only three Premier League teams have beaten City at the Etihad Stadium in the last three seasons - United last December, Arsenal (in October 2010) and Moyes' Everton (in December 2010).
Of course, Moyes was the man who handed Wayne Rooney his chance at Everton, aged just 16. He played a vital role in Rooney’s early development and once recalled the England striker’s formative years: “He was very shy but had an enthusiasm on the training pitch that was akin to how any boy is playing football with his pals in the park. He scored a goal in training once where he chipped the keeper from such an incredible angle that it was met by silence. All the coaches just looked at each other as if to say: 'Did that really happen?' A phenomenal talent.”
Endorsed by legends
Peter Schmeichel enjoyed unprecedented glory as the great goalkeeper in United's trophy-laden team of the 1990's. The Treble winner is therefore more than qualified to comment on the qualities required to succeed Sir Alex successfully. "David Moyes has been at Everton for more than a decade and he's done a fantastic job. He's Scottish, he's made from the same cloth as Sir Alex and he's the kind of guy you look at and you think 'stability'. Beyond anything else, that is the most important thing for Manchester United."