Manual. I have never owned an automatic transmission vehicle. I enjoy the engagement involved with driving a manual transmission and wish that my 1972 Chevrolet K20 3/4-ton 4x4 pickup had a 6-speed vs. a 4-speed manual transmission. A manual is just plain way more interesting to drive than an automatic, especially in a sporty car. I really enjoy going through the gears, and frequently speed shifting (shifting w/o using the clutch, just timing the shift with the engine’s rpms). Like the ability to use the engine for braking and reduce wear on the brakes. As far as clutch replacements being a maintenance issue, my 2001 Honda Accord EX 4-door 5-speed manual transmission car has 174K miles on it and I am still on the original clutch.
With all that said, I will admit that if you were continually in stop/go rush hour traffic most all of the time, that at times an automatic would be nice then and only then.