New Manchester United boss David Moyes described his move to Old Trafford as a “great honour”.
The 50-year-old has signed a six-year-contract and will join officially on July 1 after completing the season with Everton.
Moyes has the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson, who confirmed his retirement on Wednesday, and his first official game will be the Community Shield against either Manchester City or Wigan at Wembley on August 11.
Moyes said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done for the football club.
“I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.”
With Moyes committed to concluding the season at Everton, he will not be introduced as United manager until after the campaign is over.
“I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and board of directors and a great set of players,” he added.
“Everton’s fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable and I thank them wholeheartedly for the support they have given me and the players. Everton will be close to me for the rest of my life.”
Sir Alex said: “When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes, we unanimously agreed on David Moyes,
“David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time.”