David Moyes: The new man at Manchester United

The 50-year-old is set to be confirmed as the new Manchester United manager Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Archive

Loyal, driven and fiercely competitive. All traits that are closely associated with Sir Alex Ferguson and the man announced as the new Manchester United manager, David Moyes.

It is believed that Ferguson played a key role in advising the Manchester United board on the hiring of the 50-year-old Glaswegian as his successor and he must recognise the similar qualities the two men possess.

The Daily Mail's Dominic Cook believes that Moyes is "cut from the same cloth" as his predecessor as "both know the values of hard graft and the rewards it brings".

Both are unafraid of confrontation. Ferguson, famed for the 'hair-dryer' treatment', infamously kicked a football boot which hit David Beckham above his eye.

An angry Moyes was once involved in an altercation with Preston North End players Paul Mckenna and goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen after poor results in pre-season.

Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes during a match in 2012 Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

Described as a "workaholic by ex-Scotland manager Craig Brown, David Moyes has frequently reflected upon the effect his birth place had on him.

"You had to look after yourself in Glasgow. You had to be sharp with your tongue, or a good runner to get away from people, you had to handle yourself. In Glasgow you call it being gallus," Moyes said according to the BBC.

The Scot started his 19-year playing career at Celtic before moving south of the border to Cambridge United, Bristol City and Shrewsbury Town.

He moved back to Scotland for spells at Dunfermline and Hamilton Academical before ending his playing career in 1999 with Preston North End.

It was at Preston where Moyes got his managerial breakthrough in 1998 and during his spell at the club he took them from near the bottom of Division Two to the Division One playoff final - which they lost to Bolton Wanderers.

During his 11-year stint at Everton, the 50-year-old took Everton from relegation strugglers in 2002 to Champions League Chasers in 2013.

David Moyes celebrates Preston North End's promotion in 2000 Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Critics argue that Moyes' lack of European experience and silverware makes United's decision a gamble.

However Daniel Taylor, a journalist from the Guardian, described Moyes as "dependable and trustworthy" perhaps necessary for a club which seek another long-term appointment.

Moyes, like Ferguson, has built a club from the bottom up and has a strong belief in youth development as well as managerial stability.

With the two men sharing so many simliartraits, it is unlikely that Manchester United fans will see majorchanges at the club in the immediate future.