Worst XI: The Manager

After completing the process of selecting the Worst Manchester United XI, we need a manager to manage these players.

United have been managed by arguably the greatest manager of all time in Sir Alex Ferguson and also had Sit Matt Busby at the helm. A number of successful managers have led United to a number of titles and with Jose Mourinho now in the dugout more are sure to follow.

But despite all these top drawer bosses, United have been led by the likes of David Moyes, Dave Sexton and Wilf McGuiness.

So here are the worst ever managers to lead United.


A.K.A The Chosen One. Possibly Sir Alex’s biggest gaffe came at the end of his career with him suggesting David Moyes’ for manager. What followed was United’s worst ever Premier League season despite being a record-extending 20th title. Lows include back to back 3-0 defeats to United’s biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League. A defeat at former club Everton saw Moyes get the sack four games before the end of the campaign and once Champions League qualification was out of reach. United are yet to recover from the disastrous season fully.


Can be called Sir Matt’s David Moyes. Succeeding a coach who led the club to the European title a while back is not going to be an easy task. United’s attacking style of play was lost. Sir Busby’s presence as general manager has often been blamed for the calamitous tenure of McGuinness. He was sacked less than two years into the job and was sent back to coaching the reserves.


A pre-war era boss had a hugely divisive time as secretary-manager of United. Appointed in the summer of 1932, Duncan spent huge amounts of money on players but failed to hit the jackpot. Despite spending the money, United under Duncan flirted with relegation to the then Third Division. He managed to turn things around and led United to promotion but failed to sustain the success and was relegated back to the Second Tier. He resigned in 1937 to manage Ipswich Town.


Signed to replace Tommy Docherty in 1977. His reign at United was a tumultuous one and as a manager was never popular among the fans. Sexton’s United’s side player dour football, a far cry from the attacking instincts of the team under Sit Busby just under a year ago. Sexton recruited Garry Birtles for a club record fee but the player failed to find the back of the net in 25 appearances for the club. Sexton’s time at Old Trafford was one of the darker periods of United’s history. Sexton was sacked in 1981 and replaced by Ron Atkinson. Sexton spent four years at United, hovering around mid-table and guiding the club through four trophy less seasons.

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David Moyes
Wilf McGuuinness
Scott Duncan
Dave Sexton