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As well as his league titles and European Cups, Ferguson has won five FA Cups, four League Cups and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

“I have always said that we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man,” said former United striker Bobby Charlton, who is now a club director. “In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club.

“We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success. David has tremendous strength of character and recognizes the importance of bringing young players through and developing them alongside world class talent. At United, I think David will be able to express himself.”