Jurgen Klopp clearly has not been watching much of Manchester United this season, or if he has, it seems he has spent most of the time wondering where on earth Shinji Kagawa is.
The Borussia Dortmund manager was speaking about the current domestic dominance of Bayern Munich when he said of Pep Guardiola’s side, “If Real Madrid or Manchester United would have no option against them, how can we expect it?”
Which is all well and good, except for the fact that these days, David Moyes’ side is struggling on an almost weekly basis, to such an extent that not only would Bayern almost certainly give them a good seeing-to, but so would half the Bundesliga.
And yes, I know United battered Bayer Leverkusen home and away in the Champions League, and in truth I am playing devil’s advocate. But Klopp should not be using United’s name as a benchmark for brilliance right now.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and (although this one is up for debate) Liverpool all lay claim to be considered England’s best ahead of its reigning champions.
And as much as that is, in a sense, a contradiction in terms, United are a long way short of the level of Bayern or Real...or even Dortmund for that matter – struggling themselves in the Bundesliga and yet with a squad containing exactly what United need in the form of Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and (for a while at least) Robert Lewandowski.
So no, United probably would not stand a chance against Bayern as things stand. But then they have work to do even to get past Sunderland in the League Cup.
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