Everton boss is expected to start his role on 1 July.
Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of David Moyes as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford after the Red Devils manager had announced his decision to retire from football on Wednesday.
The current Everton coach has agreed a six-year contract with United and will commence his duties on 1 July after overseeing the Toffees’ final two Premier League games of this season, at home to West Ham United on Sunday and then away at Chelsea seven days later.
Moyes is expected to bring both former United player Phil Neville and current Everton full-back Leighton Baines with him to the north west this summer, the former in a coaching role.
The Glaswegian has been at Goodison Park since 2002, during which time he has transformed the Merseysiders from a struggling top-flight outfit into serial Uefa Champions League challengers.
However, the closest that the one-time Preston North End boss came to winning a trophy during his time at Everton came in 2009 when the club lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
“We unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said Ferguson.
“David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here.
“There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.”
Meanwhile, Moyes himself was equally delighted at his appointment, saying: “I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and 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.
“I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and board of directors, and a great set of players. Between now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table.
“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.”