The announcement of David Moyes as the new Manchester United manager may be the biggest sports story this year.

Moyes arrives at Old Trafford with the impossible task of replicating fellow Scot and football legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Though it is unlikely that Moyes will arrive at Manchester United and keep things the way they are. Despite the fact he will have Alex Ferguson over his shoulder, perhaps whispering subtle tactical advice now and then - Moyes will want to make a name for himself and not as the successor and apprentice of Alex Ferguson.

Regardless of tactical consistency, Moyes will bring something that Manchester United have sought in this appointment.

Stability.

Consider that Moyes had, to put it lightly, limited resources at Everton. Then think of the players he has managed to produce from that. Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini - top class players in the Premier League. Now that he is in a position with leverage, it can only be assumed that Moyes will be able to produce local and foreign talent to bring in long term standing at Old Trafford.

What may be a new addition is the change from Ferguson's solid 4-4-2 into a more attack heavy 4-5-1. This would give a stronger emphasis on the wing play, which would be perfect if rumours are true that Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to return to Manchester in the near future.

When you look at transfers, Moyes will no doubt dip back into the Everton pool and grab some of the players which he had previously developed. Leighton Baines and Fellaini come to mind, with the latter most likely being the first choice. Then he will have to persuade Wayne Rooney to stay, which should be a priority above all. 

While others may have a different opinion, Rooney is a player you simply can't go out and replace and that's it. No amount of money will give you the United frame of mind he has worked himself into, despite his off the pitch antics and behaviour.

The purchase of Robin van Persie should solidify the reason for having Rooney in the team. Van Persie is not going to score goals without someone behind him making the right decisions and movement. If Wayne Rooney can't provide that, then Moyes better get on the phone to Ronaldo today.

On the other hand, if Rooney is quite simply refusing to comply then he has to go as soon as possible. What Moyes and perhaps even Ferguson must do is assure Wanye that he is in the teams plans for the future. If he still can't accept that, then maybe United would be better off selling him rather than have him disrupt team chemistry when a new manager has arrived.

As for the new manager himself, he comes with the weight and expectation far beyond even that of Jose Mourinho. Moyes has to prove right off the bat that he was the right choice. 

If Moyes can at least win the FA Cup next season, put a strong challenge in the Champions League and perhaps even challenge for the Premier League effectively, then he would be off to a fantastic start.

 

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