The retiring Manchester United boss pays tribute to his successor, confident that the outgoing Everton manager has what it takes to prove himself at Old Trafford
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"I know David is hard working and has an integrity about him," declared Ferguson.
"He has a work ethic about him and he is a serious football man. I think those are the important qualities he is going to need.
"It is not always a golden path of riches. You have hard days and difficult days. Especially with the losses, you definitely have to sacrifice and persevere.
"He has got a perseverance about him – look at what he has done at Everton, 11 years without any tremendous financial backing but he has persevered with it and created some decent teams in the last few years."