If Manchester United could have any other boss who would they have?

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager David Moyes re-asserted his insistence that Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement is not behind the champions’ dip in form so far this season.

The Red Devils have lost three, drawn two and won two of their eight games so far this term and currently sit in eighth place with eleven points, eight points off the leaders Arsenal in the Premier League.

When Moyes was asked by the BBC in his post-match interview whether he believed United had lost their ‘fear factor’ without Ferguson, he responded in disagreement.

"Sir Alex Ferguson has a great history and his experience will always work in charge of any team," said Moyes.

"But the fear comes from the team on the pitch."

This led me to wonder whether United fans, given the choice (hypothetically, of course) would still have Moyes at the manager. First, let me state categorically I firmly believe Moyes is a fantastic manager who achieved great things with Everton and can (and likely will given the time and faith of the club and the fans) achieve success with Manchester United.

The problem is, it is taking time and whilst it is still early days this season, I’m sure even Moyes himself is surprised, dismayed and disappointed by the results and performances so far this campaign.

LIVE Premier League match alerts to your phone - goals, red cards, half and full time scores

If United fans could have any manager then, whom would they have? Of course, the first response would be Ferguson but that’s obviously not really an option. There had been the suggestion that Jose Mourinho could have taken (and would have perhaps preferred by some accounts) to take the job at Old Trafford instead of returning to Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese coach hasn’t exactly set the world on fire so far with Chelsea this term but, nonetheless, he is regarded as one of the best coaches in the world if not the best – along with, of course, Pep Guardiola who took over European and German champions Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp would surely be an attractive option.

Would United (as hypothetical as the question is, admittedly) have preferred either one of those? I would suspect possibly so.

I very much doubt, however, they would have preferred, for example, Manuel Pellegrini or Roberto Martinez who replaced Moyes at Goodison Park or Mauricio Pochettino who has been working wonders with Southampton.

I suspect they’d likely take Moyes over the (now) longest-serving boss in the league, Arsene Wenger and I suspect they’d prefer Moyes over Swansea boss Michael Laudrup but, for now with things going completely against the Scot, David Moyes is looking a little less than United would have hoped for.

Probably they would simply want Sir Alex Ferguson back, right?

If you could have had any manager take over United, who would you have?

images: © Andrea Sartorati, © marcel sigg

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch