Reports have surfaced claiming that Jose Mourinho wept when David Moyes was given the nod over him for the United job.
Whilst that's a subject of debate, one thing can't be ignored; Moyes has not made a pretty start to life after Sir Alex Ferguson.
Though I count myself amongst the majority that believe the former Everton boss will come good at Old Trafford in the end, I also raise questions over how long that might take, and whether or not in the end it will prove ultimately worthwhile.
For me United should have predicted that the post- Fergie era was going to be possibly be one of the most transitional and trying periods in the club's long history, and so immediately implementing another project in the form of David Moyes wasn't the best decision.
Rather than offer Moyes the task of maintaining United's brilliance whilst overseeing a complete overhaul, the powers that be should have perhaps opted for a figure who is tried and trusted at the highest level, and could be expected to deliver results from the off.
There's no guaranteeing that any of these men would have reciprocated the interest shown by United, but it probably would have been worth the time to offer them the roles nonetheless.
The Moyes project may bear fruits yet, but it will take a while to get them.
With that being said we offer five candidates who could have ensured the Red Devils remained a formidable force until stability was reestablished after Ferguson's retirement.