David Moyes has been given the almighty task of preserving Manchester United's status as a dominant force in domestic and European competition, all in the shadow of football's godfather Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is important to focus on the characteristics that Moyes will bring to Old Trafford because these are the reasons why Ferguson has put his faith and confidence in the outgoing Everton manager.

1. Work ethic and perseverance

At Everton Moyes' team were renowned for working collectively as a unit by having a common work ethic and a sense of diligence. Just like Ferguson, Moyes demanded from all his players that they dig deep and and put in 100 per cent effort when representing their team.

The similarities with Ferguson, whose teams have often been characterised by their high work-rate and unwillingness to give in, highlight that Manchester United wanted the same cultural qualities to remain when Ferguson left the club.

It will remain to be seen whether David Moyes' demand of his players will motivate the likes of Nani, Anderson and Antonio Valencia to up their game or be shipped out to the scrapheap.

2. Functionalism

Moyes will look to evolve the Manchester United side into a team that knows its sense of purpose - individually and as a collective unit.

At Everton each player knew exactly what his role was when he went out on to the pitch. Moyes gave his players a sense of role and responsibility so that they could perform effectively to the team's advantage.

For example, Moyes demanded that the full-backs' positions be characterised by a player willing to get forward and help with a attack but also be equally motivated to be be at the back defending with exactly the same effort.

It remains to be seen whether Moyes will enhance United's team by focusing on areas such as the defence, which have played with a haphazard approach for most of the season where its attacking instincts have been promoted over defensive responsibilities.

3. A dominant midfield

European football has evolved, particularly amongst the big teams, to deploying midfielders who prefer a pass over a tackle, a shot over a block.

It can be argued Manchester United have replicated this tactic as Michael Carrick in the centre of midfield is renowned for his great passing ability but not exactly treasured for his tackling ability. In addition to this, the other midfielders at United such as Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa prefer to flaunt style over substance.

Moyes will look to bring the dynamism and dominance of his midfield at Everton. Players such as Marouane Fellaini and Phil Neville highlighted his style to have presence and aggressiveness in midfield.

Perhaps we will see Moyes bring in a defensive midfielder or centre midfielder possessing these attributes, and don't be surprised if Fellaini swaps blue for red this summer.

 

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