Several sources have broken the news today that Manchester United have decided Jurgen Klopp is the they want to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, once the Scot has gone off to tend to his £2 million vineyard in France.
It’s not because the German is a very public and very commercial figure, it’s for the very shrewd reason of how he creates his football teams.
Klopp is perfectly experienced when it comes to building teams in the same way that Sir Alex Ferguson has done throughout his career, bringing through younger players while retaining higher profile stars.
Klopp has been at Dortmund since 2008 and created a team which secured back-to-back Bundesliga title victories, in the face of the almighty Bayern Munich.
All you have to do is look at the calibre of the younger players he has helped mature into first team stars, to understand why United want him; Sven Bender, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and plenty more.
That list could go on for quite some time and United will be hoping that he can work with the academy at Old Trafford, as well as invest in the right younger players, to do something similar at United.
Ferguson has always been able to establish a core of young players at his club, which have formed the basis of each United team as it has moved forward into the next stage of transition.
The current crop is exactly the same; Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Wilfried Zaha, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and again, I could go on for a while.
It’s a formula which has proven to be very successful at United and something which has so far worked very well for Klopp during his five years, and counting, as Dortmund boss.
Of course there are always going to be worries about his appointment if he joins United, because he’s following Fergie. There are always going to be those worries because Ferguson is the greatest coach in the club’s history.
The problem United now face is missing out on him because one of the club’s rivals could easily make an approach to sign him.
There is no guarantee that Jose Mourinho is going back to Chelsea until that’s been made official and he could relish the challenge of transforming the infrastructure and youth system at Manchester City.
Klopp would be a superb boss for United because tactically he’s as good as anyone they can go and get and he knows how to build teams. United also offer him the chance to mature and develop those teams, in contrast to Dortmund where he frequently has to sell key players on.
Why do you think United are interested in him?
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