Former first-team coach Rene Meulensteen has claimed Manchester United "missed a trick" by not employing Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola when legendary gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club.
The vociferous Scotsman, widely regarded as Man Utd's greatest manager, left in 2013 after leading the Red Devils to a record-breaking 13th Premier League title.
But nine years on, this remains United's last top-flight crown.
Replaced by compatriot David Moyes on Ferguson's recommendation, the ex-Everton boss was a catastrophic failure at Old Trafford.
Appointed in the summer and sacked the following April, Moyes' stint in charge is the club's shortest permanent reign since the inception of the Premier League.
Meulensteen believes United should have chosen Klopp or Guardiola as Ferguson's successor, both have sustained their prestige as world-class managers since the Scots exit.
"Manchester United missed a trick not getting one of them," Meulensteen told The Sun.
"They both have such a presence and influence at their clubs. If you ask a Liverpool player, ‘Do you know what you are doing?,’ they will all say 'Yes.'
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"You ask City players, no matter how Pep might change things around, ‘Do you know what you are doing?,’ they will all say ‘Yes.’
"Ask United players and I don’t think you get such an assured answer. Mind you, if either club does not prepare properly for when they leave, they’ll end up in the same position."
Since arriving in 2015, Klopp has transformed Liverpool into one of the most feared teams in Europe, on a shoestring budget.
The German gaffer led his side to Champions League glory in 2019 and then claimed a first-ever Premier League for the Reds the following year.
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Meanwhile, Guardiola is undoubtedly the reason Liverpool have not claimed more honours.
The Manchester City boss has dominated the Premier League since his arrival claiming three of the last four titles in English football, and the Cityzens are well on course to make it four from the last five.
With four League Cup crowns and an FA Cup also in his collection, United's loss has certainly proved City's gain.
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