With the reports linking Jose Mourinho to United growing by the day, here we take a look at why he would be the ideal successor to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
1. He's a proven winner with an excellent record
Eight league titles, two Champions League titles and 22 major trophies with four different clubs, there's no disputing that Jose Mourinho is among the most successful managers of all time and remains, after Pep Guardiola, Europe's most wanted coach.
Trophy-wise, Mourinho is as close to Fergie as it's possible for a manager to be.
He's won multiple trophies at every club he's been at, has a formidable record as a domestic league winner and his CV in the Champions League is none too shabby either.
United, much like Mourinho, strive for success and silverware, so for a club that's won nothing since Ferguson left, that has to be a massively ticked box.
2. He would give the fans, players and entire club a lift
After two harrowing and largely failed managerial regimes, United cannot afford another and the appointment of Mourinho would give everyone at the club a boost.
Flat and often uninspired during the days of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Mourinho would put a smile back on the faces of the players and his reputation as a serial winner of silverware will give United their aura, and once famed fear factor, back again.
His tactical acumen, big-game mentality and reputation as a serial winner are exactly what United need and the fans, desperate for change, would love nothing more than a world class manager to go toe-to-toe with City and steer United back on track.
3. He wants us, we want him
Despite his Chelsea links, the United fans have been heard singing his name from the terraces, and for his part Mourinho has made no secret of his desire for the job.
He's picked a fight with most clubs and opposition managers in his career, but he's always buttered up United and is known to have his heart set on the job.
Passionate, driven and hungry for further success at a club he clearly wants to be working at - the very qualities that gave Sir Alex the desire to carry on into his 70s - means that Mourinho would tick that box at Old Trafford, too.
4. The Return of the King?
A long shot this, I know, but if anyone could bring CR7 back to Old Trafford, then surely Mourinho is the man to do it.
The pair won La Liga at Real Madrid in 2012, and the former United legend has often said he would like to work with his fellow Portuguese again.
It seems unlikely that Ronaldo would ever leave Madrid at this stage of his career, but we never know what the future holds and he might want to finish his career with a flourish at the club where he remains idolised.
Mourinho coming to United would send the "Ronaldo returns" rumours into even more frenzied overdrive, but for a fanbase who'd love to see CR7 come home, then what further motive could there be?
5. Big name players!
For all the recruitment United have made under first David Moyes and latterly Louis van Gaal, there's still a distinct lack of world class, big name talent on the Old Trafford payroll.
Angel Di Maria is an exception to the rule but he lasted just one season but if we were to gain a manager of Mourinho's magnitude then United, just as we did under Sir Alex, may find ourselves as the favoured destination for many of the world's top stars.
Mourinho, of course, has worked with some of the most stellar names in the game today and with a United side in need of a sprinkling of stardust, Jose may be just the man....