In case you have indeed been living in complete isolation over the last few months allow me to catch you up. 

Sir Alex Ferguson has retired from football management after 26-years of trophy laden success at Manchester United. Tremors were felt across the footballing world. But once the dust settled, business had to continue as usual and a successor had to be found. 

After Jose Mourinho’s flattering comments about United after their Champions League last-16 many pointed to him to step up to the job. He was the obvious choice - young; charismatic; successful. 

Imagine the initial shock then when United opted for David Moyes. Mediocre you might say. Here we look at why Moyes was the perfect fit for what is quite possibly the world's toughest job in football.

First of all, longevity. For 11 long years Moyes guided Everton to Premier League stability and shaped them into that team nobody liked to play, notwithstanding United themselves after their exhilarating 4-4 draw at Old Trafford, which was pivotal in Manchester City’s title success in 2012. 

Though 11 years is no 26, in the modern era of football management a decade is nothing short of heroic. This endurance is central to the ethos of the Old Trafford club, sustained stability and success outweighs a short term quick fix.

Moyes not only shares this trait with Sir Alex, his work ethic is often cited as a mirror image. Two Scots cut from the same cloth will surely make the transition run a lot smoother for players and fans alike.

However, the top dog at the Theatre of Dreams are going to be some hefty shoes to fill, regardless of the suitability to the job. 

One thing Moyes needs is to win over the small minority of fans who may still view him as the wrong choice. A marquee signing would assuredly win over any doubters. 

While Cristiano Ronaldo would be the ideal man, his recent claims of being happy with life in Madrid appear to have dashed any lingering hopes of a homecoming any time soon. Thiago Alcantara has been linked and seems a much more likely and, in many ways, more necessary.

So whether you put it down to his ability to grind out successful team after successful team or his clear ability to create his own legacy, all signs point to David Moyes' success at Manchester United. 

But United fans must remember, whatever colour ribbons are dangling from the imperious Premier League trophy come May, there is one thing every world-class manager needs: time.


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