Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Leicester

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Cambridge Utd 0 - 0 Man Utd

Friday, 23 January 2015, 19:55

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Man Utd's greatest?

Who has been Manchester United's best manager? Sky Sports is launching a vote to find out.

Last Updated: 05/08/13 at 16:43

Some might say it is a one-horse race but Sky Sports wants to find a definitive answer. Who has been the greatest manager in Manchester United's history? Sir Alex Ferguson may be the favourite but do not forget Sir Matt Busby, Tommy Docherty and Ernest Mangnall. Here, Sky Sports gives you the chance to have your say and vote to establish United's best manager. Get involved and we will announce the winner on 12th August.

Sir Alex Ferguson (1986-2013)

Ferguson retired this summer after an incredible 26-and-a-half years and 38 trophies as Manchester United manager. He took over a side that had struggled during the 1980s and turned them into the dominant force in English football. Thirteen league titles and two UEFA Champions League wins, not to mention five FA Cup triumphs, put the Scot amongst the greatest managers of all time. The unprecedented Treble his United claimed in 1999 was arguably the highlight of a spell that enjoyed so many memorable moments.

Sir Matt Busby (1945-1969 & 1970-1971)

As a former Manchester City and Liverpool player, Busby was perhaps a surprising choice when he became the United manager in 1945. When he left 25 years later there was no doubt he was the right choice. He guided the club to five championship wins, two FA Cups and the 1968 European Cup. He oversaw the era of the Busby Babes, including the likes of Duncan Edwards and Sir Bobby Charlton, before rebuilding the side in the aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster that killed 23 people, including eight United players. The European Cup victory over Benfica in the 1968 final was Busby's last major triumph and he retired at the end of the following season.

Ernest Mangnall (1903-1912)

He was in charge of Manchester United between 1903 and 1912, under the title of secretary. He led United to promotion in his third season at the helm and in just their first campaign in the top division, Mangnall masterminded their maiden league championship win. The FA Cup followed in 1909 before a second league championship arrived in his penultimate season, 1911, before he moved to rivals Manchester City in 1912.

Tommy Docherty (1972-1977)

In five years as Old Trafford boss, Docherty was unable to prevent the club from being relegated, just six years on from their European Cup success, but brought them back up as champions the next year. They finished an impressive third in their first season back in the big time and also reached the FA Cup final, only to lose to Southampton. They went one better in 1977, though, denying Liverpool a Treble by beating them 2-1 at Wembley.

Who do you think has been the greatest manager in Manchester United's history? Have your say via the feedback form below and vote in our poll. Voting closes on 9th August

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Contract news: Robin van Persie unsure if he will be offered new Manchester United deal

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 2-1 as Victor Valdes makes first appearance for the club

Goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair gave Manchester United's U21 side victory over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

FA Cup: Giant-killers Bradford handed Sunderland or Fulham showdown in fifth round

Bradford's reward for knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup is a fifth-round showdown with either Sunderland or Fulham.

Mail Box

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company