David Moyes has been handed a six-year contract by Manchester United and will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson on 1 July.

Moyes, who leaves Everton after 11 years in charge at Goodison Park, was Ferguson’s recommendation to succeed him as manager at Old Trafford.

Moyes, 50, was out of contract at Everton at the end of the season.

“We unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said Ferguson, who announced his retirement on Wednesday after 26 years as United boss.

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David Moyes’s journey

  • Started his playing career at Celtic and finished it at Preston, where he played alongside young loan signing David Beckham between February and March 1995
  • Ten months after guiding Preston North End to the Division One play-off final, Moyes took over at Everton, replacing Walter Smith in March 2002
  • Handed Wayne Rooney his Premier League debut in August 2002 before selling him to Manchester United two years later for an initial £20m
  • Steered Everton to a fourth-place finish in 2005 and a place in the qualifying stages of the Champions League
  • Took Everton to the FA Cup final in 2009, where they lost 2-1 to Chelsea

“David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here.