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Manchester United coach Meulensteen urges fans to give Sir Alex successor 'the same support'

Everton manager David Moyes is the heir apparent to Ferguson's Old Trafford throne following confirmation the 71-year-old is retiring after a quarter of a century as United boss

Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has called for the club's fans to offer unequivcal support to Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement following the revelation that he will retire at the end of the current season.

Ferguson announced his decision to stand down as manager after 26 years in the Old Trafford hotseat on Wednesday morning, with Goal.com exclusively revealing that Everton boss David Moyes is the front-runner to take up the United reins after his fellow Scot makes way, and could be named as his successor in the next 24 hours.

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Meulensteen, who served under Ferguson as a coach during two separate spells at the club, believes he did not take the decision to retire lightly, and urged the Red Devils faithful to back their new manager in the same way they did the 71-year-old.

"He’s a man that thinks things through very well so I’m sure he’s given a lot of thought into making this decision and I wish him all the best," he told Sky Sports News.

"He’s been absolutely fantastic for this club, for Manchester United and I hope the fans give whoever’s coming in the same support that he gets." 

Meulensteen also recounted how an emotional Ferguson informed both the players and senior members of the backroom team, even the dining staff, of his retirement at the clubs Carrington training facility.

"He called us into his office and he said what decision he took. It’s always been on the cards with speculation every season," the 49-year-old Dutchman said.

"The manager kept his cards close to his chest and he’s felt the time is right now and he’s made the decision.

"We’ve responded really well to the big disappointment we had last year. I think there was a determination around the whole place, especially around the manager, I think he’s been delighted we won the title the way we did."

Goal.com exclusively revealed further details of Sir Alex's tearful goodbye early on Wednesday morning.

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