Recovering from hip surgery, Alex Ferguson guides David Moyes

Ferguson handpicked Moyes as his successor, calling the Everton manager to his house in April to let him in on the secret that he was retiring at the end of the season — and telling Moyes that he would be the new United manager. The succession began officially after United eased to a record-extending 20th English title.

updated: August 17, 2013 09:57 IST
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London: It was when he was alone for the first time in the office vacated by Alex Ferguson that the magnitude of the daunting — but exhilarating — job became apparent to David Moyes.

Manchester United had a new manager for the first time since 1986, and the domain where Ferguson had presided over years of supremacy now belonged to Moyes.

"Sitting in the chair for the first time felt odd," Moyes recalled ahead of the champions' Premier League opener at Swansea on Saturday. "With nobody looking, I thought I would have to see how it feels in case anybody thought I looked stupid."

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