Who will replace David Moyes at Manchester United?!

David Moyes

Jumping the gun it may be, but Vincent Ralph looks at what might happen if Moyes doesn't prove to be the right man for the job.

You could argue it is a tad premature. But football is far more a game of temporary fixes than permanent solutions.

And for everyone hailing David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s heir apparent, another will cite the fact that a manager remaining for the length of his contract is a rare thing indeed.

In fact Moyes is one of a select few who left a club on his own terms.

But that was before. This, on the other hand, is Manchester United.

When Sir Matt Busby left Old Trafford in 1969, he was replaced by reserve team coach Wilf McGuinness, someone who was deemed a safe option.

That safe option was sacked less than two years later.

Some would argue that replacing Ferguson will be an even harder proposition than replacing Busby. But whichever side of the fence you fall, the simple fact is Moyes has quite a task on his hands.

United will grant him patience. At least that is what their statement announcing his appointment suggests.

But should results not go well, should Chelsea and Manchester City regroup and ultimately usurp the Red Devils, then what?

Playing devil’s advocate it may be, but if you can’t do it on days like this when can you?

The most likely candidate should Moyes fail is Pep Guardiola. I wrote yesterday that Ferguson’s earlier-than-expected exit may have prevented the Spaniard from taking a job many thought he was destined for.

But if Moyes only manages to see out half of his six year contract, the former Barcelona boss may be coming to the end of his own three-year deal at Bayern Munich.

What better man to settle a rocking boat than one who has coached two of the greatest sides in modern football?

Although don’t discount Guardiola’s soon-to-be domestic rival at Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp.

Many felt the enigmatic German could take the United job now. That was never going to happen; his departure along with those of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski would have crippled the Champions League finalists.

Besides, you sense Klopp wants to face off against a Guardiola-fronted Bayern.

But one day he may seek pastures new. And the team ethic and footballing excellence he has bred at Dortmund would make him the ideal candidate to repair any Moyes-inflicted damage.

And should United decide to look closer to home, Ryan Giggs is the most likely of the fledglings to be granted the United job at such a young age.

By then he would have been a part of the Old Trafford coaching set-up for a few years.

In short it would only be a matter of changing offices.

But of course this is all hypothesis and silliness. Moyes will do just fine. Won’t he?

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