German press on Kroos: Who goes to a sinking Manchester United?

Toni Kroos, FIFA WC Qualification 2014

Manchester United's pursuit of Toni Kroos has been mocked by Germany's biggest newspaper.

The decision facing Toni Kroos in the summer appears presently to be between two differing options.

Either stay with his current employers Bayern Munich, soon-to-be anointed back-to-back winners of the Bundesliga and Champions League favourites...

...or sign for fallen giants Manchester United, who are lurching from one defeat to another and appear unlikely to be playing Champions League football next year.

It would be a tricky decision perhaps if Kroos was out of the side as he was at the start of the month, but his starring role for Bayern against Arsenal appears to have convinced the club's hierarchy to give him the pay rise to renew his deal, if reports are to be believed.

German newspaper BILD reported that United will attempt to offer him higher wages than Bayern, even more than Mario Gotze's current salary at the German giants, yet their scepticism over whether Kroos will depart is summed up rather succinctly.

"Who goes to a Manchester already sinking...?"

It's the dilemma facing United this summer, which has been made all the more difficult by their limp performance in the Champions League last night.

Playing so badly on the big stage has damaged their reputation badly across Europe, with BILD also writing that the legacy of Sir Alex Ferguson is 'in ruins', blaming both the 'haphazard coach' and 'haphazard team.'

They can turn around their fortunes against Olympiakos in the second leg, and it could be very important for the coming summer. They can restore their reputation at least a little, and show potential suitors such as Kroos that the club are not on an irreparable downward siral.

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