Should Mark Hughes be considered as Manchester United's next manager?

Pat Nevin joined Joe on the show this evening to discuss Everton's season and United's management situation

BY Cian Roche 21:45 Tuesday 29 December 2015, 21:45 29 Dec 2015

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Monday's scoreless draw with Chelsea may have bought Louis van Gaal some time at the helm of Manchester United, but there is still a feeling of discontent among fans.

United were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages and are without a win since their last gasp 2-1 victory at Watford in November.

Since then, they've gone eight games in all competitions without a win and have only scored five goals in that time.

Defensively they've looked a lot more frail in recent weeks and there has been increased speculation that van Gaal would be sacked had he lost against Chelsea, or that he would resign from his position.

Speaking on tonight's show, Pat Nevin discussed the possibility of a manager taking over Manchester United that is away from the household names of Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs and Pep Guardiola.

Former player Mark Hughes has been touted as an outside bet to take over and Nevin believes that the former Wales manager may ruse to the challenge.

"I really hope he does have another level" he said.

"When you walk into a new job straight away, or very few are. You have to go and learn the ropes and reinvent yourself a couple of times and I think he's done just that."

Hughes spent a spell at Blackburn, before a short stint with Manchester City meant he was forced to rebuild his reputation.

He has since imposed a more attractive playing style with his current side Stoke City and their latest win, 4-3 away to Everton has seen them rise to 9th in the table.

Stoke's new look forward line have flourished this season. Image: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/Press Association Images

"Of course there will be ups and downs. He's actually had a few million pounds to spend at Stoke and this time he's used it very wisely.

"When you see the players in action you start to think 'Oh I get that actually, that's not complicated.' He's just keeping the defence and the deep lying midfielders the way they were before, but opting for a Barcelona-esque attack.

"If Giggs is going to come in, he won't be taking over a really good team."



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