Ancelotti, Guardiola, Klopp - The trio of contenders for Manchester United who are the very best

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If Manchester United, as expected, sack David Moyes - what chance do they have of landing one of the three top managers in European football?

Reports over the past 24 hours have signified Manchester United are growing closer to sacking David Moyes.

It's viewed that the Scotsman has already exhausted his time at Old Trafford and run out of excuses, and so the question is already moving onto which manager will replace him.

United are unlikely to move for another developmental manager, one who has no track record of winning trophies - and can be expected to set their sights on one who has proven his winning capabilities at the highest level.

The three best bosses they could hope to attract are Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp - all of who have high profile jobs at present.

Here's a look at reasons why they will, and won't be able to attract the managers...

Pep Guardiola

Reasons for: Guardiola has been in management for under a decade and already has two Champions League titles to his name with Barcelona. He is presently going for a third with Bayern Munich, and there is no doubt as to his quality.

A reason he could be tempted, is the constant sniping which exists surrounding him at Bayern Munich. Franz Beckenbauer, Matthias Sammer and Karl-Heinz Rumminegge have all criticised the pass-happy style of football he prefers, with the former saying he finds Bayern boring to watch. It was this sort of board level criticism and interference which saw him walk away from Barcelona, and having already won the Bundesliga he will be able to do so with his head held high.

Reasons against: Guardiola did not break a contract in walking away from Barcelona, and he still has two years to run on his deal in Germany. He is only just getting started at Bayern, and it would be a major shock if he was to move on after just a season.

Odds: Shortest 10/1, longest 20/1

Carlo Ancelotti

Reasons for: Ancelotti is managing Real Madrid - one of the most unpredictable clubs in the world. If the Italian ends up trophyless, the writing is on the wall. Currently it's rivals Atletico who in pole position to win La Liga, while it's Bayern they face in the Champions League semi-finals. 

And if Ancelotti does win the much talked about 'La Decima', Real's 10th Champions League crown, walking away with his reputation intact could be a smart move. He did the same at PSG, quitting last season after winning the French title, and he has unfinished business in the Premier League after being dismissed by Chelsea.

Reasons against: Sir Alex Ferguson was reported to have approached the Italian about the United job last summer, and he rejected the chance then, as he had already given his word to Madrid. After several seasons of changing country and club, if Ancelotti can stay at Real, surely the stability of staying put will appeal to him. 

Odds: Shortest 16/1, longest 33/1

Jurgen Klopp

Reasons for: Klopp is seen as the most forward-thinking coach in European football, the boss who Brendan Rodgers built his Liverpool blueprint upon. He has consistently produced winning sides despite the departures of key players. Klopp is immensely popular among his stars, and he can be counted upon to get Shinji Kagawa performing to his very best.

Unlike David Moyes, his teams are known for playing attacking football, unlike the turgid displays United fans have had to endure this season. This season at Borussia Dortmund has been a tough one for him though, Dortmund have finished well behind Bayern Munich, and next season have to cope with Robert Lewandowski switching sides. Is it time he took on a new challenge?

Reasons against: All the signs are that Klopp has no current plans to switch clubs, telling Dortmund fans they do not have to worry about his departure. Dortmund's official have also indicated they expect him to see out his contract until 2017.

United are not the only ones interested in his signature either. Barcelona are likely to be looking for a new boss to replace Gerard Martino, and Jurgen Klopp is reported to be top of their list. 

Odds: Shortest 7/2, Longest 5/1

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