Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:59 PM

Following the results of any performance, football managers are the most blamed individuals. A manager must have the confidence and strength to handle such problems while still leading a team. Let's look at some of the most excellent Manchester United managers.

Top Manchester United managers of all time
Photo: canva.com (modified by author)
Source: UGC

Since the departure of coach Sir Alex Ferguson, there has been a rapid turnover in the club's coaches since none have been able to tie to the top performance. Nevertheless, the Reds have more trophies than any other English club, making them one of its most successful clubs.

Manchester United managers list

How many managers have Manchester United had? United has had more than ten managers since its inception. This article will list the top 10 best managers for Manchester United. This list contains Manchester United managers by year and history according to the most recent publications.

10. Louis Van Gaal

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Coach Louis van Gaal of Netherlands talks during a TV interview after the international friendly match Vs Germany at Johan Cruijff Arena on March 29, 2022, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo: Alex Grimm
Source: Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has committed numerous errors during his stint at the club. He has had some bad luck with injuries, and the club hierarchy's lack of knowledge in the transfer market appears to have impeded the squad building he has undertaken. However, Van Gaal has also gotten some things right, and United became more vital than when he arrived in terms of squad balance, with a slew of the promising young player. Unfortunately, he managed only to win an FA Cup with the reds in 2016.

9. David Moyes

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
The Reds' Coach David Moyes at the end of the UEFA Champions League match Vs Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on October 23, 2013, in England. Photo: Alex Livesey
Source: Getty Images

Moyes was one of the Manchester United managers after Alex Ferguson. His positive relationship with Ferguson undoubtedly aided his cause, but he has earned a reputation as a stern taskmaster who does not suffer fools or back down from his goals. Unfortunately, he only managed to win the Community Shield with United in 2013.

8. Jose Mourhino

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Jose Mourinho during the Premier League match against United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 19, 2020, in London, England. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC
Source: Getty Images

After being granted a three-year contract, Jose won a community shield, League cup, and UEFA Europa League. In season 2017/18, the reds finished second after their city rivalled Manchester City and lost FA Cup to Chelsea.

7. Ryan Giggs

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Wales national team coach Ryan Giggs, during the Sky Bet League Two match against Newport County at Moor Lane on December 15, 2020, in Salford, England. Photo: Joe Prior
Source: Getty Images

He is the Wales national team manager and a co-owner of Salford City. Giggs spent his entire professional career with Manchester United, and after David Moyes was fired in April 2014, he temporarily served as the club's interim manager. Giggs is widely considered one of his generation's best players.

6. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
The Reds' coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. Picture date: Saturday, November 20, 2021. Photo: John Walton
Source: Getty Images

Ole Gunnar is one of the ex-Manchester United players who are managers. Following the resignation of Jose Mourinho in December 2018, he was named caretaker manager of the club. He was named permanent manager on March 28, 2019, on a three-year contract which he did not work to completion since he was sacked due to poor performance at the club.

5 Ernest Mangnall

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Ernest Mangnall. Photo: @topraksaha
Source: Instagram

The name of the Englishman may not be familiar to Old Trafford fans, owing to his tenure as manager from 1903 to 1912, which was a long time ago. Nonetheless, Mangnall was a pivotal character in Manchester United's history. The club owes a debt of gratitude. He is remembered as one of just three Manchester United managers to have won the First Division and the FA Cup.

4. Tommy Docherty

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Man U coach Tommy Docherty at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, circa May 1977. Photo: Eamonn McCabe
Source: Getty Images

The "Doc" may not have won as many titles as his legendary colleagues on this list or had the happiest of endings to his Manchester United tenure. Docherty's departure from United was a blot on his Old Trafford legacy. Still, the numerous things he provided to the team, notably a style of football that resembled United's all-conquering side a decade previously, will be remembered forever.

3. Ron Atkinson

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Man U coach Ron Atkinson celebrates with the trophy after the FA Cup Final between Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 1983, in London, England. Photo: Paul Popper
Source: Getty Images

Despite failing to produce in the league during his five years at Old Trafford, Big Ron was the club's most successful manager since Matt Busby up until that moment. Atkinson brought European football back to Old Trafford, but he also brought some fantastic players into the fold, including a stunning triumph over a prime Diego Maradona's FC Barcelona.

After delivering two FA Cups and one Charity Shield, the club terminated the flamboyant Englishman on November 6th 1986. He was replaced that same day by a certain Scotsman, ushering in an era of success that may never be seen again.

2. Sir Matt Busby

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Man Utd Director Sir Matt Busby on the pitch at Old Trafford in Manchester, circa 1979. Photo: Harry Goodwin/Paul Popper
Source: Getty Images

Although Sir Matt's total of 13 trophies is dwarfed by Sir Alex's 38, Busby's passionate ambition to deliver success to his beloved Manchester United despite immense struggle and heartbreak makes him a legend. Busby's devotion to Manchester United was summed up when he rejected a job with Real Madrid in 1956, saying, "Manchester is my heaven." As a result, his name will be remembered for a long time.

1. Sir Alex Ferguson

Who are the top 10 Manchester United managers of all time?
Sir Alex Ferguson points during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 6, 2022, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Photo: Matthew Ashton
Source: Getty Images

Ferguson was one of the best Manchester United managers after matt busby. Alex led the reds to the top of the English Premier League and won the Champions League. Sir Alex retired in 2013 after helping the Reds win a record-breaking 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and two Champions League titles. In addition, Alex aided the development of some of the world's top players. Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, and many other players were given to his squad under his supervision.

Who is the favourite for the next Manchester United manager?

Jurgen Klopp would be the finest choice for United's next manager. Klopp plays football in a beautiful tactical way to win every day. But, with several teams, he has proven to be a deadly coach.

Who are the management team at Manchester United?

United officials hierarchy consists of various levels of management from the Board down to scouting officials. Below is the breakdown of the club's management team.

Caretaker Manager

  • Ralf Rangnick

Assistant Manager

  • Chris Armas
  • Kieran McKenna
  • Mike Phelan
  • Martyn Pert
  • Craig Mawson
  • Mike Clegg

Goalkeeping Coach

  • Eric Ramsay

Chief Analyst

  • Richard Hawkins
  • Andrew Meredith

Coordinator of talent management

  • Mark Dempsey

Technical Director

  • Darren Fletcher

Who is going to be the next Man Utd manager?

As the club seeks a permanent replacement at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag, the current AFC Ajax coach, has gone to the top of the betting odds to become the club's next manager. However, Ralf Rangnick, the club's current interim Manchester United manager, will stay until the season's conclusion to make way for the next boss.

READ ALSO: Orlando Pirates players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, and world rankings

Sportsbrief.com recently compiled about Orlando Pirates players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, and world rankings. Orlando Pirates is a thriving club that participates in the Premier League of South Africa.

The team has stopped the premier league more than any team in the country. In addition, the club has produced some of the best players locally and internationally. Read here to find more information about Orlando Pirates and their players.

Kevin Omuya photo
Kevin Omuya
Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.