David Moyes has given everyone a brief description of his appointment to one of the most sought-after jobs in world football. The 50-year-old revealed that he was summoned by Sir Alex Ferguson while Moyes and his wife were spending time together, leading him to believe that the gaffer was after one of his players or wanted him to take someone on loan.
Moyes added that he was allowed to break the news only to his wife; his parents and children were kept in the dark until the news started to spread.
"I was out with my wife. We were in Altrincham, the phone rang and it was Sir Alex. He said, 'Where are you?' and I said, 'I'm out with the wife'. He asked me to drop round his house. I went in, he took me upstairs, made me a cup of tea and we spoke. It was something I will never forget. He said, 'You are the candidate we wanted and we want you to take the job'," Moyes revealed, according to the Sun.
"I heard so many people talk about not wanting to follow Sir Alex but everyone would take this job. Sir Alex has left me a really good team. He has been really supportive," he added.
The former Everton manager believes that he will be under scrutiny from day one and will not get as much time as his predecessor did. Ferguson went four years without a trophy when he started at the club, and when his expensively assembled side was thrashed 5-1 by a Manchester City team of young unknowns in 1989, some fans started to call for Fergie's head. Eventually, however, United's persistence paid off: the Scotsman ended his 27 years at Old Trafford with 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League trophies.
"It is a daunting job. And I don't think in this day and age you will get time. I have said it a lot. I don't think I can ask for time now. All I can say is judge me and see how it goes," he explained.
United start their Premier League defence on 17 August at Swansea City, followed by games against Liverpool and Chelsea, marking a difficult start to his new managerial campaign for Moyes.
"It is a tough start but I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, this job won't change me. The reason I'm here was the way I was. I'm hard working, I put the time in," he insisted.