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-ever 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 and grateful to Sir Alex and the board for making it happen,” David said. “It was a really strange situation for me. I had no idea whatsoever. 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’ but the first thing he told me was that he was retiring. I said, ‘Yeah, when?’ He was never going to retire. He said ‘Next week’ and his next words were ‘And you're the next Manchester United manager’. I was shocked but also incredibly thrilled that I was given the opportunity to manage Manchester United.”
“I have to say, whoever was going to take on this job knows the job at hand. The manager before was incredible, somebody everybody in football looks up to. There's probably no better. He comes from a great list of Scottish managers; Stein, Shankly... And Sir Alex is certainly up there.