Several Manchester United fans would probably opt for Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp as their new boss ahead of Louis van Gaal, but the Dutch national coach could actually improve United’s chances of getting the German.
Klopp reacted quickly yesterday to quash rumours that he would be the man to follow David Moyes at United this summer. He made it clear he feels loved in Dortmund and said his contract was unbreakable.
Klopp’s current contract doesn’t expire until 2018 and that’s where appointing van Gaal this summer comes into the equation.
There’s a very logical timeframe if United want to go after van Gaal and it’s based around snapping him up once his World Cup commitments with the Netherlands are over this summer.
United showed with David Moyes that they want to give their bosses long term deals but the fact the Scot didn’t even make it to a single year in charge at Old Trafford is significant.
Will United want to go all out with a long term deal, with the risk that things may not work out under van Gaal, creating another expensive compensation package.
Klopp is definitely someone who could transform United over the long term and if he’s the main United officials have had one eye on, they could offer van Gaal a three to four-year deal, which coincides nicely with the expiration of Klopp’s Dortmund deal.
The problem that creates is what happens if van Gaal has the success at United that Moyes could only have dreamed of.
The Old Trafford club will be torn with the issue of keeping a manager who would be 65-67-years old over saying ‘thank you very much’ and moving to snap up Klopp before another big side gets him.
Klopp is the popular choice around Old Trafford but van Gaal is the sensible one and a coach who could achieve success up to the point where United would have a better chance of going after the charismatic German.