David Moyes Will Thrive as Sir Alex Ferguson's Replacement

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 8, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Everton Manager David Moyes looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on May 5, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Filling the shoes of someone who brilliantly managed Manchester United—one of the most prominent clubs in the world—to 13 EPL and two Champions League titles in a span of 26 years has to be one of the most unenviable tasks in sports.

Nevertheless, David Moyes is up to the job (via BBC Sport): 

The Everton manager surely isn't the big name like Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klopp that a majority of the United faithful was undoubtedly hoping for, but rest assured he is capable of continuing Ferguson's legendary success. 

First and foremost, he's coming into a beneficial situation. United is fresh off a dominant EPL campaign—85 points with two matches to play and 10 points clear of Manchester City—and with Ferguson staying as director and ambassador, the probability of superstar players bolting significantly decreases. 

It's much easier to thrive in a pressure-filled role when you already have a club filled with elite players.

Moreover, while Moyes' career accomplishments with Everton—a whopping zero trophies—may seem underwhelming, consider what he had to work with. 

After managing Preston North End for five years, he took over (and managed the last nine games) a Toffees squad that finished a meager 15th in 2002.

Yet, in his first full season, he led Everton to a seventh-place finish in 2003. He went on to qualify for the Champions League in 2005, win Manager of the Year three times and is currently in the midst of a streak of six-straight top-eight finishes. 

This is someone who isn't completely void of success in England, despite the fact he has worked with far less talent and a much smaller purse than he'll have in Manchester. 

Replacing Sir Alex is something no Manchester United supporter is ready to do, but when you consider Moyes' history of doing more with less, it's incredibly enticing to think what he might be able to do with more.