Moyes met Everton chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday to tell him that he wished to leave, and the Toffees confirmed on Thursday that their manager of over 10 years is to go at the end of the season.
Manchester United have yet to confirm Moyes's appointment, but an Everton statement explicitly confirmed that Moyes is to leave because he wants to replace Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Manchester United's press office had already jumped the gun on the announcement. The Red Devils' PR gurus accidentally Tweeted a link to a Facebook page - shown below - asking fans to send their congratulations. The Tweet was quickly removed, but no doubt will be re-sent later on Thursday.
"The manager met chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United," Everton said in a statement on their website.
"The chairman, on behalf of the club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002.
"He has been an outstanding manager."
Moyes leaves Everton after more than 11 years in charge, during which time he has consistently kept the club in the top half of the Premier League table - even achieving a fourth-place finish in the league in 2005 to earn a Champions League spot.
He has failed to win a single trophy, however, with his only honour as a manager still being the League One title with Preston North End back in 2000.
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