Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says that Manchester United should have appointed former Latics boss Roberto Martinez when Alex Ferguson retired.
As it happened, the Red Devils plumped for Fergie’s fellow Scot David Moyes, who Martinez replaced as manager of Everton.
But Whelan says that United made a mistake by overlooking Martinez, who he believes is “the best manager in the world.”
"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 told Sky Sports News.
"Alex had already told me that he was thinking of retiring and I was a bit surprised that Man U didn't [hire Martinez].
“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."
It will be interesting to see who comes out tops between Moyes and Martinez this season.
As it stands, United and the Toffees are neck and neck as their managers grow accustomed to their new positions.
After 12 games both teams have 21 points, with their first clash of the season set to take place at Old Trafford on 4 December.