Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has said he hopes the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United will result in a "wobble" for the Premier League champions.

For the first time in 26 years, United will be under the guidance of a new manager. David Moyes has taken over following the retirement of Ferguson, while much-vaunted coach Rene Meulensteen has also left the club.

Gerrard is an admirer of Moyes and praised the Scot for his achievements at Everton, but said he hoped the transition at Old Trafford would be far from smooth.

"They have replaced a world-class manager with another who has done a fantastic job at Everton, so I think David will continue to do a good job there," he told Sky Sports News.

"It is new for Manchester United... from a biased point of view, let's hope they have a wobble."

However, Gerrard feels the Red Devils have too much quality to slip off the pace. He said: "I think they have too many good players to fall out of the title race.