The Real Footie Analyst

A look at who could replace Sir Alex Ferguson

JSir-Alex-Ferguson-Jose-Mourinhoose Mourinho – Real Madrid

The Real Madrid boss is the clear favourite despite his repeated brushes with authority and a lukewarm endorsement from United legend Sir Bobby Charlton. The former Chelsea manager is the one man guaranteed not to be overwhelmed by taking on the challenge of following Ferguson and is open about his desire to take on another job in the Premier League.

David Moyes – Everton

A persistent contender, who shares Ferguson’s Scottish working-class roots. Moyes has plenty of admirers at Old Trafford due to the work he has done at Everton and his preference for the passing style United favour. Has no real experience at the very highest level, though.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Molde

A host of former United players have been linked with the job in the past yet all have fallen by the wayside. The latest is Solskjaer, who has made a successful start to his managerial career at Molde. He lacks experience, though, and could benefit from Ferguson remaining at the helm for some time yet.

Pep Guardiola – Barcelona

The Spaniard has an outstanding record at Barcelona, where he has made the most of a group of brilliant players to create possibly the best club side ever. Has never had to build a team from scratch, though, and has never managed in England, yet he is sure to be considered if United thought they could get him.

Laurent Blanc – France

The current France manager had a brief stint with the Red Devils at the end of his career, so knows the club well. Caught the eye as manager of Bordeaux, where he won the French league title, then stabilised a France team that collapsed into chaos at the last World Cup.

Who is your favourite?


  1. Omar says:

    The manager that has the most experience in the group is by far Mourinho. Yes he has always said he wanted to come back to England but only if the post was long term. Although I have my doubts about that. No denying the “Special One” has some ‘Special’ ways with players but I have that fear that he may just decide to pack up and leave when he’s bored.

    Otherwise i would settle for Moyes. My decision based purely on how well he’s done to keep Everton in the EPL with the limited amount of funds that he so rarely gets. He’s been there some time now and knows what it is like to stick around. Doubt the Toffees would want to see him leave.

    Guardiola would probably be most Mancs choice of coach because of what he has done with Barcelona. What people tend to forget is that he, like Footie said, inherited the players at the club. The Iniesta’s, Xavi’s and Puyols have all been at the club before he took over from Rijkaard and yet Rijkaard was the one that brought them to the fore. Guardiola took over in 2008 and only perfected what Rijkaard started.

  2. footieanalyst says:

    Spot on wiy=th all your points Omar. I bet Moyes to get the job.

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