When Sir Alex Ferguson announced his resignation as Manchester United coach, there were tears across the face of all Red Devils fans.
There were tears of sadness, tears of joy, tears of reflection and tears of the unknown. But behind those tears there was a sigh of relief, as despite not wanting the day to come, the fans knew that the Sir Alex Ferguson era was always closer to it's end in the last couple of seasons, and that a new era needed to begin.
Not even the most passionate supporter could expect the sustained success that Sir Alex brought over his 27-year reign. His tenure is one of the most remarkable stories of longevity and accomplishment in world sport.
The mandate of the new manager was never to create another ‘Sir Alex Ferguson' era.
Instead the board of United took a realistic approach by wanting a manager that would be able to uphold the standards that Sir Alex set, rather than come in and throw away a culture that had been created over three decades.
United chief executive David Gill outlined the qualities needed to succeed Ferguson as manager, saying: "The qualities are the ones that have been inherent at Manchester United for many years."
They decided that the ideal candidate with these characteristics would be David Moyes. They bypassed the big names such as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, fearing such managers would create an atmosphere they believed wouldn’t fit with the traditions of Manchester United.
It was almost a case of the manager having to fit in with the existing methods, rather than the players having to get use to the new manager.
You get the feeling that keeping a player like Ryan Giggs was solely done on this premise, as he had been there for a great portion of the Sir Alex formula that brought continued silverware for the club.
Moyes got off to a cracking start, disposing of Swansea at their home turf, which has proved to be a difficult task since their promotion to the Premier League.
A 0-0 draw to Chelsea was respectable at home, however a 1-0 defeat to arch rivals Liverpool brought the microscope onto the new manager, along with a rather impulsive deadline transfer deal for Marouane Fellaini.
Since then United lost consecutive home games to West Brom and cross town rivals Manchester City, raising the inevitable question: Is Moyes the right man for the job?
These questions have been hysteric at times, considering United has started strongly in the UEFA Champions League, highlighted by a strong showing in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk.
They also managed to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup, and still after their ‘disastrous’ start to the season, only sit eight points off top spot, having played not even a quarter of the season.
Moyes needs to be given time, just like his predecessor was. As the tale is now commonly known; had Sir Alex not won the 1989/90 FA Cup final, the board was going to sack him.
Thankfully for all United supporters, Sir Alex lifted the first of many trophies for the club, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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