Klopp was suggested as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson but United went with the experience in English football of David Moyes.
However, the way United’s transfer activity seems to be developing this summer, having Klopp in charge could have given United the opportunity to make two high quality signings, at least, from Borussia Dortmund.
With bids for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas not getting anywhere, the speculation surrounding a possible move to Old Trafford for 22-year-old Ilkay Gundogan has been revitalised.
United to be keen on adding a central midfielder to his squad ahead of the new season and the German international would certainly be a high quality addition to the side.
United’s chances of getting Gundogan are improved by the fact Shinji Kagawa already plays for the club but they would be closer to bullet proof under a Jurgen Klopp regime.
Considering the quality of any player remotely connected to Borussia Dortmund it may have ironically been better had United gone and signed Jurgen Klopp as their next manager ahead of David Moyes.
Kagawa has recently stated a desire to go back to Dortmund at some point in the future but he’s undoubtedly a pulling tool United can use for any Borussia Dortmund targets they have in mind.
Klopp is certainly someone who would have had the ability to stop Kagawa from ever wanting to leave United, which would be positive for the club because the Japanese star is undoubtedly a top quality player.
One of the reasons he’s so popular at the German club is his personality, his grasp of tactics and they way he brands his trust on players from a very early age.
In the case of Gundogan, he would be able to address the most remote of worries that the midfielder would have over joining a club like Manchester United rather than staying in Germany.
Then there is the issue of Robert Lewandowski, a player Klopp has been very public over his admiration for.
Lewandowski is a player United have been tracking, and have been linked with, for well over a year and Klopp at the helm would have definitely given United a better chance of signing the Pole.
Wayne Rooney's discontent with Manchester United would have existed regardless of the identity of Sir Alex Ferguson's successor and Lewandowski would be a world class replacement.
As things stand, it looks as though he’s going to sign for Bayern Munich at some point in one of the transfer windows next year, which could turn out to be the last big move he ever makes as a professional player.
No United fan would argue against the additions of Gundogan and Lewandowski to the current squad, because they would improve the team in several ways.
However, it’s far too early to judge David Moyes because United haven’t yet played a competitive game under him plus he still has plenty of time to make transfer additions this summer.
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