Hiddink? Van Gaal? Cantona? Who Should Replace Moyes at Man United?

David Moyes has finally been put out of his misery...but who will United turn to, to pull them out of the mire?
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Hiddink? Van Gaal? Cantona? Who Should Replace Moyes at Man United?

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Well...that's that then.

Some nine, painful months after his arrival, David Moyes has been swiftly ushered out of the Old Trafford exit - dumped by a tweet.

Let's be honest, it's been coming for a while, but now that it's actually happened, you have to feel, well, kind of, sorry for the bloke.

Ageing and under performing players, a massive Sir Alex Ferguson-sized shadow and a pair of pretty uneventful transfer windows left Moyes with something of a thankless task - and one thing's for sure, whoever takes the reins next has a big job on their hands.

But who will step into the sad-faced Scotsman's shoes? Well, here are the frontrunners to lead Man United back to the big time..

Jurgen Klopp

The angry Borussia Dortmund coach has injected a real passion and intensity into the Schwarzgelben, something that United have massively been lacking of late. Has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League, and is certainly capable - his side has been tearing it up both in the Bundesliga and on the continent, even though rivals Bayern Munich have made a habit of snatching his best players. 7/10

Diego Simeone

Ex-dogged and tough tackling midfielder turned tactical genius, the Argentinian is currently weaving his magic down at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, where his Atletico Madrid side have been turning in some eye-catching performances on their way to the top of La Liga and the semi-finals of the Champions League. Unlikely to be seeking a move from the Spanish capital at the moment, but if his best players are sold from underneath him this summer, could have a change of heart. 5/10

Ryan Giggs

Make no mistake, the hairy chested wing wizard is a United legend - but whether he can replicate his on-pitch impact off it remains to be seen. Giggs has the advantage of a trial period in the hot seat until the end of the season, and if he can grind out a few wins then that will help his bid for the top spot, but perhaps the Reds require more experience and managerial nous right now, to steady the ship after a turbulent season. 6/10

Louis Van Gaal

Set to take his Holland side to the World Cup this summer, the ex-Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss certainly has the CV to turn heads in the north west. At 62 years old, he is probably as close to Fergie in terms of top-level experience, attitude and temperament as United could get - and that makes him potentially the perfect remedy to their recent ills. 8/10

Steve Bruce

Why not? After all, he is a progressive, relatively young English manager who knows the club inside out. Having endured Jekyll and Hyde stints at several clubs including Norwich, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic, the squashed-nosed geordie has found his feet at Hull City, and after leading them to the Premier League promised land, has also landed them in the FA Cup Final next month. Might be worth an outside bet - especially if his Tigers can lift the trophy. 6/10

Laurent Blanc

The PSG boss has long been linked with a move away from the City of Love, but appears likely to sign a new contract at the Parc des Princes this week, following their league and cup wins this season. Has strong links to Old Trafford following 48 appearances in Red during the twilight of his illustrious career, during which United fans dubbed him 'Larry White'. 7/10

Eric Cantona

United fans would no doubt love ol' perky collar to return to the north west, but whether he could cut it in the hot seat is a different matter altogether. Currently working as a Director of Soccer at New York Cosmos, Cantona has been heavily involved in politics back in his native France and would certainly represent a brave choice for the United board, who, frankly, can't afford to gamble on this appointment. As the French would say, 'improbable'. 4/10

Guus Hiddink 

Out of work Guus might be the most easily obtained of all the candidates discussed so far. Most recently at Anzhi Makhachkala, the Dutchman is one of the most experienced and respected bosses around, and has experience of the Premier League following a brief tenure at Chelsea. His appointment would be a pretty safe one for the Old Trafford hierarchy, but it's hardly progressive, is it? 7/10


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