The Scot oversaw the club’s worst campaign in the Premier League era and missed out on Champions League qualification, and leaves Old Trafford just a season into his six-year deal.
Ryan Giggs is going to be the short term replacement for the Scot and full time appointed will only be made during the summer transfer window. Here, THT looks at the five names who are favorites to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Of all the names being linked with United job, Klopp is the media favorite. Klopp has compared his managerial style to “heavy metal music” and is something of a renaissance man. Two Bundesliga titles plus a Champions League runners-up medal achieved on a relatively modest budget at Dortmund while playing high pressing, fearless, entertaining football will appeal to the Old Trafford hierarchy.
A complex character blessed with sufficient “personality” to make even José Mourinho seem a little boring.
Diego Simeone is often hailed as Atletico’s “Special One”. The miraculous change made by Simeone in the fortunes of Atletico has won him many fans across the globe and Glazer family is no exception. Simeone has taken Atlético to the top of the Spanish league where they sit perched above clubs boasting five times their budget. The road towards breaking La Liga’s Barça-Real duopoly has seen him win the Europa League, Copa del Rey and Uefa Super Cup with Atlético as well as finishing third in the league last season. A stylish pragmatist on the pitch, he is a shrewd, innovative man manager and brilliant motivator off it with a reputation for being able to get inside the heads of players.
Louis Van Gaal
Van Gaal is the current coach of Holland national team. Along with Klopp, Van Gaal is also the favorite to get the united hot seat. Daily Mirror has claimed today that Van Gaal is currently at his villa in Portugal’s Algarve and is expecting a meeting there with a delegation from the Old Trafford giants to discuss the prospect of taking over from Moyes.
The 62-year-old former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is a practitioner of wonderful attacking “total” football within the strict parameters of often ingenious tactical systems.
It will be a cruel game of destiny over Moyes if Martinez replaces him at Manchester United. Martínez was responsible for creating Swansea’s much admired passing philosophy before an impressive stint spent generally defying the odds while playing exciting football at low-budget Wigan. Firm but fair and an expert developer of young talent – just ask Everton’s Ross Barkley – he is a coach footballers relish playing under.
It is a very thin possibility that the Italian will say yes to the job as he is currently a coach of a club (arguably) bigger and richer than United. But nonetheless, Glazer family respects the coaching style of Ancellotti and might try to lure him away from Spain. Not only is the former Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain coach well versed in the Premier League but he practises the sort of sophisticated attacking football United crave.
The current situation at the Old Trafford is very delicate and it is going to be very interesting to see how the management of the club and Glazer family decide the future leader of the club.