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As recently as a few months ago, it would have been an unthinkable sight: Manchester United playing a match without Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline. But Ferguson retired near the end of the 2012-13 season, United hired David Moyes away from Everton and soon we'll learn that life indeed does goes on, even without Ferguson's intimidating figure in the manager's box.
So how will Moyes fare? Which players will he sign? (We already know one.) Can he win the title in his first season? Can he ever hope to live up to his predecessor's impossible standards?
All of those questions, except perhaps the last one, will remain unanswered for some time. This much, however, is almost certain: No manager will be able to match Ferguson, who won 13 league titles, five FA cups and two Champions League crowns with United, and the sooner the club's players, officials and especially the fans realize it, the better off they will all be.
Moyes, 50, didn't win a trophy in his 11 years with Everton, and unless you count a Second Division title with Preston North End in 1999-2000, he has never won any silverware.
That doesn't mean Moyes will fail—but it does mean that he has a near-impossible job in following Ferguson.
It begins on the first day of the season, and even though his first match in charge likely won't mean much—United lost their season opener in 2012-13, after all, before winning the title—it will represent a major milestone for Moyes, United and even the Premier League.