No matter how much Manchester United fans care to admit it, Sir Alex Ferguson had to leave some day and his day is now.
26-and-a-half years, 1500 games thirteen Premier League titles, five FA cups, four League cups, ten community shields, two Champions Leagues, one UEFA Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and the Club World Championship. That’s a hell of a lot to live up to and it is why David Moyes would be perfect for the Old Trafford hot seat.
A fiery Scotsman who helped to transform both Preston and Everton on and off the pitch during his time at both clubs, whilst being on a shoestring budget compared to most of the other teams in their respective divisions, it is no wonder Sir Alex Ferguson saw some of himself in Moyes.
In his time at Everton, the wily Scotsman has transformed them from perennial underachievers who flirted with relegation to frequent overachievers who have at times flirted with the Champions League which is a very credible achievement is considering the amount of money he has had to spend and the overall quality of his side compared to his fellow competitors.
His transfer record compares admirably to Sir Alex Ferguson as well.
Despite some overpriced flops, David Moyes has an eye for a gem. For every Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, there is a Leighton Baines, for every Andy Van Der Meyde there is a Steven Pienaar. His track record is similar to Sir Alex Ferguson in that perspective that has lost a lot of money on the likes of Juan Sebastian Veron but has spotted gems such as Peter Schmeichel, Andrei Kanchelskis and most recently Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez.
Despite the favourable comparisons, David Moyes does fall short in some categories.
Much has been said of his record away from home against the bigger teams. As of yet he has no victories at the grounds of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United.
For him to become successful at the Red Devils, he will have to ensure that this unwanted statistic will change. However, at Goodison Park, he ensured that Everton were a force to be reckoned with against the bigger sides, he started off this season with a victory against Manchester United. Despite the issues, his Everton side have faced against teams with a higher reputation; he has a formidable record against Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City.
In nine matches, he has only suffered a defeat once whereas Sir Alex Ferguson has faced defeat five times against the former champions in twelve matches.
Perhaps this was one of the factors considered when hiring Moyes.
He has built his team in his own image, they are willing to run into the ground, chase lost causes and they know how to bully teams into submission.
These factors have helped Moyes get the better on Mancini on several occasions, it is hoped that he instils the same will to win into a Manchester United side which has lacked some bite at times.
His record in Europe and lack of trophies have proved much chagrin to Manchester United fans who were hoping for Jose Mourinho to man the ship but this should not discredit David Moyes as a manager and the wonderful job he has done at Everton.
For eleven years, he has had Everton battling at the top end of the table, when he arrived they were perilously close to falling out of the premier league altogether. He has stayed loyal for eleven long years, whilst playing a similar style to Manchester United, one with a focus on wing play and an unbreakable team spirit.
All he has lacked is a clinical striker to get Everton into the top four. He now has several clinical strikers at his disposal. David Moyes has big shoes to fill, but when your Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice for the job, he can’t go much wrong.
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