Manchester United should part ways with Louis van Gaal in favour of Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp

Should Manchester United part ways with Louis van Gaal sooner than expected, with the aim of bringing Jurgen Klopp to Old Trafford?

Manchester United have enjoyed an upturn in form of late, but a recent run of three successive defeats has raised further questions regarding the progress made at Old Trafford throughout the 2014-15 campaign.

There's no debating the suggestion that performances have improved since the reign of David Moyes; the statistics alone reflect this notion. Nonetheless, you still get the feeling that we are a long way from the standard of high-tempo, attacking football spectators witnessed at the club just a few seasons ago.

This raises the question, with Jurgen Klopp a free agent come the end of the season, should the Manchester United hierarchy bite the bullet, part ways with Louis van Gaal, and bring the popular Borussia Dortmund head coach to Old Trafford?

It would perhaps represent a messy, and potentially expensive break, from the Dutchman, but it could be in the club's long-term interests. 

It is not often that a head coach with Klopp's current ability and potential becomes available. The likelihood is, wherever he next takes on a management role, be it in the Premier League with Manchester City or Liverpool, or elsewhere, this is a role that could last him five or more years - if they fail to act now, Manchester United could miss a huge opportunity. 

Premier League fans have witnessed the ruthlessness of Roman Abramovich and Chelsea over the past decade.

Carlo Ancelotti wins a top-flight title - sacked a season later. Roberto Di Matteo wins the club's first ever Champions League trophy - sacked just a matter of months afterwards. Rafa Benitez wins the Europa League - let go at the end of the campaign. 

The London outfit know exactly what they are looking for in a head coach and this season they have reaped the rewards of sticking to their guns. In Mourinho, the newly-crowned champions have a manager who is perfectly suited to the club. He gets Chelsea Football Club, and the fans love him for it. 

Is Louis van Gaal the right man for Manchester United?

He has done well to all but secure a top four finish this term, albeit it at the expense of over £150 million. However, it is difficult to argue that he is getting the best out of the players at his disposal. His dictatorial style has got him this far, but it is unlikely to prove beneficial in terms of the club's long-term development. 

Traditionally, the Red Devils have thrived thanks to players who have exercised individual brilliance, but the Dutchman's attitude places continued emphasis on the 'philosophy', and has shackled the direct-minded, creative ability of several individuals; with Angel Di Maria the player who seems to have suffered most. 

Klopp, meanwhile, has worked wonders during his time at the Signal Iduna Park, impressing spectators across the continent with his knack for getting the best of his playing staff.

He has developed a group of young and vibrant players at Dortmund, who have experienced huge success both in Germany and in Europe. Importantly, they have achieved this while playing some consistently excellent football.  

At 63 years of age, Van Gaal has already made it clear that his current position will be his last in football management, whereas Klopp - approaching only his 48th birthday - possesses the advantage of time, which could see him build a dynasty similar to that achieved by Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson.

For now this situation remains little more than fantasy, but with the long-term interests of Manchester United in mind, it would surely represent a brave, yet rewarding move from the 20-time Premier League champions. 

Aside from a brief spell of promising form during the second half of the season, Van Gaal has experienced a rather underwhelming debut season at the helm. Would it really be that much of a travesty to see the Dutchman leave his post earlier than expected? 

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