Manchester United must move quickly to beat Barcelona to Klopp

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Barcelona could be set to part company with Gerardo Martino in the summer with Jurgen Klopp in line to take over according to some reports, while the manager is also linked to Manchester United.

Manchester United and Barcelona have both performed below their high expectations this season, and new managers haven't had the desired effect. Both are always going to be under huge pressure, and this was a new experience to them.

The European giants were both knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage when just three years ago they were contesting the final at Wembley. The Mirror expects Barcelona to dismiss Martino at the end of the season following a less than impressive La Liga performance. They currently sit in third place and whilst the title is still within reach they are usually way ahead of their rivals at this point.

From the outside many would feel sympathetic for the job Martino has on his hands. It's obvious they aren't the same team that dominated European football for the best part of a decade, with many of their key players coming to the end of their careers. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have also proved to be worthy competitors in La Liga this season.

The club's transfer ban will make things difficult for next season, but that shouldn't have an effect on what is an enticing prospect of managing Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp has been lauded for his achievements at Borussia Dortmund but now could be the right time to move on.

In his six years at the club he has won the Bundesliga twice and last season reached the Champions League final all on a relatively modest budget. A significantly smaller budget than Bayern Munich anyway, and this summer will see Pep Guardiola's side once again poach Dortmund's star player, when Robert Lewandowski will join on a free transfer.

Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga with a record amount of games to spare this season and they look to go from strength to strength. At this point Klopp could find it hard to ignore an approach from Barcelona.

Or Manchester United in fact, if they decide to part company with David Moyes. Whilst that looks unlikely now, Klopp is one of the most highly regarded managers in Europe and they will surely have thought about him in the hot-seat at Old Trafford at some point. Despite United missing out on the Champions League they still remain an incredibly attractive club to manage.

Ed Woodward looks set to have a busy summer with the club planning to bring in a host of new players and sanctioning a transfer budget reportedly to the value of £200 million. Some fans have already made their feelings heard and whilst the majority are backing Moyes if they were given the choice of him or Klopp I find it hard that many would turn down the German.

Klopp could also manage to attract some of Dortmund's key players to Old Trafford as well with both Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus having been linked to United. In what is set to be a huge summer with regards to Manchester United's future they need to be sure they have the right man in charge for it.

Moyes has received a great deal of backing so far and they do seem to trust him, but are they sticking with him just to avoid the embarrassment of a sacking after less than a year? Sir Alex Ferguson's recommendation does need time to rebuild the squad, anyone would, but if he isn't the right man for the job then he could push them further in the wrong direction.

The fact he was Fergie's choice would make it harder to dismiss him, as it would upset his predecessor and could disrupt the relationship between the club and Sir Alex.

United face a huge summer, and the choice of personnel both on and off the pitch will be key as they put foundations in place for the next chapter. They need to get it right.

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