Whelan surprised Man Utd didn’t approach Wigan for Martinez

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has said he believes Manchester United should have appointed former Latics boss Roberto Martinez to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, rather than Everton manager David Moyes, Sky Sports has reported.

Martinez instead replaced Moyes at Goodison Park but Whelan feels the Spaniard would have been ideally suited for the position at Old Trafford. “I think he’s the best manager in the world and I was a little surprised that Man U didn’t come for him because I knew that Alex was going to retire,” Whelan said.

Alex had already told me that he was thinking of retiring and I was a bit surprised that Man Utd didn’t,” he continued. “They have still got a great lad in David Moyes, let me say that, he’s still a great manager, but Roberto now going to Everton, he will take Everton to places they can only dream about.

Martinez left Wigan after the club was relegated at the end of last season, but also won the FA Cup in his final year at the club – beating Moyes’ Everton at Goodison along the way. Martinez, who managed Swansea City prior to joining Wigan, was replaced at the DW Stadium by former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.

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