I prefer a manual because I have more control. Note, I do not own a vehicle with a manual transmission right now. One vehicle belongs to my wife (highlander), one vehicle belonged to my grandmother and I inherited (Lesabre), and my truck - well I wanted a half ton truck and a manual transmission has been hard to find in a 1/2 ton for quite some time.
Regarding driver control, there is one specific instance where a 4 speed auto with overdrive drives me nuts. It’s cruising in the 45-50 mph range. If you let off the throttle a little, or maintain speed, the torque converter wants to lock. Then if you need to accelerate, the engine lugs. Give it more throttle, the torque converter unlocks and you accelerate with adequate power…until you let off the throttle a little. Then the torque converter locks and the engine begins to lug again. I’ve noticed this more with trucks. At any rate, I’d much prefer a manual in that scenario. I’d just leave it in 4th. I know, I could turn OD off or select “tow mode” in the auto, and I sometimes do. But that sort of defeats the purpose of an “automatic”.
I’m editing this to add - now that current automatics have as many or more gears than a manual trans, and often a manual mode where you can selects gears at the push of a button…I prefer those over a manual. 5 speed manual vs 4 speed AOD, I still prefer the manual.