Pitchside

Who next after Moyes? Manchester United runners and riders

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Louis Van Gaal (3-1)

The early favourite and it is of little surprise, with the Dutchman already announcing that he is set to manager in the Premier League this coming year. However, would United be willing to wait until the summer when he becomes available? Simply, yes. This season is already dead for United so having a caretaker for the last few games would matter little. The one thing going against Van Gaal is his personality - strident, dictatorial and prone to fall-outs with colleagues, he is either spectacularly successful or spectacularly divisive.

Ryan Giggs (4-1)

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Custodian of the club; legend of the club – Giggs is prime caretaker fodder but whether he would be given those reins is highly, highly unlikely.

Juergen Klopp (5-1)

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Klopp prepares for the Manchester weather

The very much in vogue Dortmund boss seems the perfect fit – his philosophy broadly suits United but he has just come out yesterday and said that he loves Dortmund and would not be moving to Barcelona. Whether the overtures of United would change that outlook is questionable, although he has previously hinted that - should he leave Dortmund - his preferred destination would be the Premier League.

Update: On Tuesday morning, Klopp appeared to rule himself out of the running for the job.

Sir Alex Ferguson (6-1)

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Again, Sir Alex would not be a long term appointment – which is, of course, an obvious statement but there would be little sense in him making a comeback for a handful of games as it would leave United in exactly the same situation that they found themselves in with Moyes’s appointment. United need a clean break from Ferguson and this is it.

Carlos Queiroz (14-1)

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Great assistants very, very rarely make great managers. Look at Brian Kidd, or even Steve McClaren or, Queiroz himself, who struggled in his one season in charge of Real Madrid in 2003-04. In his favour he knows the inner workings of the club and will have pre-existing relationships with players and staff. He is currently coach of Iran and will be taking them to the World Cup this summer so any appointment would have to wait until after that when Van Gaal is available.

Diego Simeone (16-1)

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In theory sounds like a great idea; in reality it could be an absolute disaster. While Simeone is on the cusp of a wave at Atletico Madrid his methods would raise a few eyebrows at Carrington – his training sessions are said to be incredibly intense, which appears a substantial bone of contention with the current regime. Add in his not brilliant English and the appointment makes little sense.

Pep Guardiola (25-1)

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Just no. This won’t happen. Why would the world’s greatest coach leave what appears to be the world’s greatest team? Turned down United when he wasn't tied to a club, unlikely to change his mind now he's leading Bayern to glory.

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