Michael Laudrup has been linked with Real Madrid this summer but would he be a good replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United?
Michael Laudrup has done superbly since he walked into the job at Swansea City and following the club’s League Cup success, his future will now be debated on a weekly basis.
One high profile job which would certainly appeal to Laudrup has to be the Old Trafford hot seat and it’s a move which could happen if Pep Guardiola extends his stay at Bayern Munich or if United can’t find any other suitable candidate.
Odds on Laudrup taking over from Sir Alex have been slashed to 33/1, joint sixth favourite with the bookies. Before the season they would have been at around 200/1 or higher.
Is he good enough to take over at United? Certainly and he also commands the complete respect of his players having had a long and successful career himself which is important.
Considering the calibre of players and one or two of the less apparent egos at United, this is important in terms of ensuring harmony and serenity on a day to day basis at Old Trafford.
He’s also shown with Swansea that he has a very good eye and knowledge of the transfer market which is something United will be looking for. They won’t want to bring someone in who blows the club’s budget.
His style of coaching is already quite similar to Sir Alex Ferguson; calm, composed but he can let off a bit of steam when he needs to, which makes any rant he has more effective because it’s rarer.
His style of play is something that will appeal to United because he’s trying to get Swansea to play dominant possession football, wearing opponents down over 90 minutes and looking to pick them off at will.
His longevity is also very important despite the fact Bronby is the only club where he’s spent over a single year. However, he doesn’t give off the impression that he’ll jump ship if he’s happy at a club.
He has dismissed the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid which means he’s more than likely going to manage Swansea for the foreseeable future.
How they do in Europe next season will go a very long way to suggesting how he might get on at one of the top European teams, with United obviously falling into that bracket.
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