Influential Manchester United fanzine Red Issue have been informed by a senior Old Trafford boardroom figure that Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone would be a leading candidate to replace David Moyes if the beleaguered Scot leaves the club this summer.
Moyes could be dismissed at the end of the season unless results and performances improve over the forthcoming weeks. The former Everton boss has endured a nightmare debut campaign in charge at Old Trafford, while pockets of the club’s supporters are now beginning to turn following embarrassing home defeats against local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
Former Argentina international Simeone has worked wonders with Atletico Madrid since replacing Quique Flores at the Vicente Calderon in 2011. The 43-year-old, whose team are in contention to win the 2013/14 La Liga title alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona, is widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in Europe - and Manchester United officials, it seems, have been left impressed.
Simeone - who former Manchester United star David Beckham kicked while playing for England at the 1998 World Cup finals, leading to his infamous red card - has also won the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup during his superb three-year spell with Atleti.
Manchester United board members, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, have continually backed Moyes this season. However, the Glazer family may still opt to make a change if the current downwards spiral continues.
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