As much a Dave Whelan has expressed his desire to keep Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, Liverpool's need is greater given that the Reds do not have the financial muscle to compete in the transfer market with their Manchester rivals.
Martinez has to be a strong candidate following “productive” talks in Miami on Thursday to replace Kenny Dalglish and the two parties will meet again next week to agree terms. The Spaniard may or may not be the fans choice but he has the reputation of building a team that can beat the best. United defeat at the DW Stadium was pivotal in United demise in the race for the title and while the fans have called for the return of Rafa it is questionable he would return to a club that has been decimated of "Champions League" players.
Martinez is an up and coming manager and while some may question some of the players Dalglish bought in, they will improve. The "other" Spaniard could surprise if appointed as his knowledge of the transfer market is what has kept Wigan in the Premier League. Two or three strategic acquisitions in midfield has the potential to improve the club's league position but realistically it will take 3 years or more to get back into the Champions League with substantial investment both on and off the field to ensure the club do not fall foul of the Fair Play regulations.