Scot will replace his compatriot in the Old Trafford dug-out later this summer.
Everton manager David Moyes has revealed that he had intended to remain in charge of the Toffees next season before being approached by Manchester United to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson shocked the world of football by calling time on his illustrious United career on Wednesday after 27-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, resulting in a chain of events that then led to Moyes’s appointment as the new Red Devils head coach the following day.
Moyes, 50, had been stalling on putting pen to paper on a new one-year rolling contract with the Merseyside club that had been on the table since the turn of the year, wanting instead to see how his charges performed in the second half of this campaign.
However, when the 13-time Premier League champions came calling earlier this week, the former Preston North End trainer could not reject their overtures, with the Glaswegian agreeing a six-year deal with United.
And when asked on Friday whether he had thought at all about rejecting the North-West giant’s approach, he said: “I have to be honest and say no.
“I wasn’t planning on leaving. My contract was running out but we were planning for pre-season. All we’ve ever done is keep planning.
“I’ve got everything ready for next season and the chairman and everyone knows the route we need to take next season. This is a club competing to be in Europe.”