The following season, with almost the same squad, Moyes’ Preston came within a whisker of promotion to the Premier League. That attracted Everton’s attention and Moyes moved to Merseyside in March 2002.
Well-organised and disciplined, Moyes’ teams tend to echo his own traits. He also 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 in early 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 go 15 points clear in the title race as the Reds defeated Reading 1-0 later that day.
There’s no question Moyes has huge shoes to fill at Old Trafford. But in an era when everybody in football seems to crave quick wins, his appointment is a victory for common sense and stability. United are in safe hands.