Midfielder Michael Carrick: "He's done a terrific job at Everton. He's been there a long time and has had great success with the resources he's had. It's obviously a big change because this club's been run for so long by one person. I'm really looking forward to meeting him and getting good training in pre-season and looking forward to a good future. He's honest and fair to his players as far as I'm aware. He sets high standards just as he expects high standards of ourselves."
Centre-back Rio Ferdinand: "It was important the club made a decision quickly and got it all sorted before people could start making rumours. The club have acted impeccably in that respect. It's great to see the new manager coming in, we've never had a problem with him here at United, he's a very honest man from the players you speak to and he's done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton. I'm sure he'll be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and try and continue that and not come in and try and make crazy changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club."
Everton defender Phil Jagielka: "Like the rest of the squad I have nothing but the highest regard for David Moyes. He is a first-class operator on and off the training ground and on behalf of the players I would like to place on record my thanks for the work he has done improving the team. It (his departure) was as much of a shock to the dressing room as I'm sure it was to Everton and our fans. All the lads wish him the very best for the future but we still have two important Premier League games to play and all our attentions will be focused on winning against West Ham and at Chelsea. Once the season is over we can collectively look forward in order to ensure we continue to build on the positive work of the past few seasons."
Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez: "He's a good manager. I think that he will have a very good team, so I'm sure he will compete at the top and he can win trophies with a big club. It's not easy to find someone like Ferguson, but he's a manager with experience in the Premier League. He knows the players, he knows the club and the Premier League. It could be a good appointment, but it takes time to say."
England manager Roy Hodgson on Ferguson's role as a director: "I'm sure that being available for the new man he will be a godsend in that respect because there is nothing he doesn't know about football and Manchester United. The amount of time he has given to younger managers in terms of advice and support, and the support he has given to the LMA to protect those managers, you don't expect that from someone at the very top of his profession. For me it's also his human qualities and I think those two are linked together, you don't become that successful and have such great relationships and build such good teams if you are just a so-called disciplinarian and hard worker. You also have to have a lot of human qualities so that people can relate to you and warm to you and I think Alex has that quality in abundance."