Everton have confirmed that David Moyes will leave the club when the current Premier League campaign finishes and take the helm at Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the season.
Mark Hughes, who has been out of a job since being sacked by QPR in November, admits he is interested in returning to management and potentially succeeding Moyes at Goodison Park.
Hughes told Sky Sports News: “I think when one manager leaves there are opportunities for other managers who are currently out of work, which includes myself. It's an opportunity for somebody and I back my abilities for most jobs in the Premier League.
"It's a great club; it's a club that I had the fortune to play for and really enjoyed my time there.”
The former Manchester City boss enjoyed one season at the Toffees during a successful playing career and believes the role vacated by the Scot is a massive prospect for any manager.
“It's an opportunity for somebody and I back my abilities for most jobs in the Premier League,” added Hughes.
"David has done a really marvellous job there so whoever goes in there it is very similar to David's situation, if it is David going into Manchester United, he has big shoes to fill.
"And it's a big job in the Premier league and there is only 20 jobs available so everybody wants to work in the Premier League if that's possible."
However QPR midfielder and Evertonian Joey Barton, who played under the Welshman last season, criticised the potential appointment of Hughes on his official Twitter account, labeling it as ‘suicide’.
The Toffees will be looking to replace the man at the Goodison Park helm for the first time in 11-years, with Moyes moving from Preston to Merseyside back in 2002. He joins the champions in the summer on a six-year deal.