Now that Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked, here’s a look at the top candidates to replace him.
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Coveted by everyone from Arsenal to Barcelona, Klopp has a long-term deal with Borussia Dortmund but is seeing his team steadily eroded by their arch-rivals in Bavaria. Robert Lewandowski is following Mario Goetze’s lead by heading to Bayern and the smart money says that the far poorer Dortmund are going to face a spell where they simply cannot catch up. Klopp plays aggressive football, has two Bundesliga titles under his belt and has made the Champions League finals.
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The brash Argentine is coaching’s newest hot commodity after taking Atletico to the top of La Liga. He’s got a strong record both on the field and behind the bench, putting both Estudiantes and River Plate atop the Argentine first division; and saving Italy’s Catania from relegation in 2011 after being parachuted in. But would United take a gamble on a man famous in England for getting David Beckham sent off during the 1998 World Cup?
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The fan favorite star is a player-coach right now with the club and would command instant respect from the team. (In fact, Giggs is thought to be the man to step into the breach in the interim if Moyes is relieved before season’s end.) Giggs has little top-flight experience on the other side of the touchline, however, and would be a risky choice for a club of United’s ambitions.
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Louis van Gaal
The current manager of the Dutch national team is a well-respected tactician with a track record of winning titles: he’s led Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich to glory, and has a Champions League title under his belt (with Ajax) to boot. A practitioner of total football, van Gaal is also known as something of a slow starter as he usually remakes a team’s tactics from the ground up. But he is widely respected and considered one of the sport’s true geniuses.
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Well, why not? Wenger’s Arsenal have played some of the most attractive football in England over the years, but a barren trophy run is thought to have him on the brink of leaving the club. Wenger remains one of the best scouts and planners in the game, and there’s a case to be made that a reunion with Robin van Persie and a big kitty to spend could take United immediately back to the top.
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Sir Alex Ferguson
Gone but absolutely not forgotten, many United fans are hoping that the 72-year-old Scot makes a return to the club he made great. Sir Alex would bring immediate authority and respect to the position – but it would also be an admission that United have failed to find a credible alternative. We’re sure both the fans and the Glazers could live with that.