Gill seeking a sense of history

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Manchester United chief executive David Gill has underlined the requirement for Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement to be completely in tune with the values so prevalent at Old Trafford.

Ferguson celebrated 25 years in the United hotseat on Sunday and, while he has shown no inclination to surrender his position just yet, Gill knows what he is looking for when the time comes.

"It will be difficult to replace him - it's naive to say anything other than that," Gill told MUTV. "But we are a great club whose values go back in history to our heritage to the '50s and '60s and the last 25 years with Alex. To continue with that, the new manager needs to understand those values and the vision for the club and must buy into that."

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