Back in 2011, Sir Alex Ferguson stated that he is looking to stay at the club for three more years. If he is speaking in 'football years' then this would take him to the 2015/16 season.

There has been a lot of speculation that he would retire at the end of this season on a high, particularly if Manchester United go on to the win the league which seems very likely at the moment.

However, each favourite managerial candidate tipped to replace the Scotsman has already moved on to another club or have seemingly been ruled out of the running.

Pep Guardiola is joining Bayern Munich in the summer, Jose Mourinho seems like he's on his way back to Chelsea and David Moyes has been pushed into the background due to his lack of experience in the Champions League.

But there is a man waiting in the background. Step forward Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp has recently gone on record saying that he would not consider moving until his contract is up in 2016, which seems in line with Sir Alex Ferguson's plans to retire.

What should make Klopp the ideal candidate is the way he has helped to transform Borussia Dortmund into one of the elite teams in Europe on a modest budget by utilising their youth academy, which surely has not gone unnoticed at Old Trafford.

Despite a poor first season back in the Champion's league, which they crashed out in the group stage, Klopp and Dortmund have both bounced back, finishing top in the group of death, playing a fast-paced, high-pressing game which has been compared favourably to Barcelona, and they are surely one of the favourites to go all the way in the Champion's League this time round. Victory in Europe's top competition will only add to Klopp's already glowing resume and burgeoning reputation, and will increase the number of admirers tenfold.

Sir Alex Ferguson and his scouting team have made many scouting trips over to Germany, with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels thought to be at the forefront of their mind.

Perhaps transfer moves for these stars will come to fruition in the summer months, but is it unreasonable to suggest that the fiery Scot has been scouting the man who he wants to replace him at Old Trafford when Ferguson does eventually call time on his illustrious managerial career?

 

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