Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he is worried about the impact Jurgen Klopp could have on Liverpool, describing the thought of them finishing above Manchester United as the one thing his former club do not want.
Liverpool were condemned to defeat by an impressive Newcastle United team on Sunday evening, but it was a rare blip in what has otherwise been a very positive start for the German manager.
Although the Reds have also lost to Crystal Palace since Klopp took over, they have sealed impressive victories against Chelsea and Manchester City away from home and demolished Southampton 6-1 in the League Cup.
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Ferguson, who knows a thing or two about good managers after winning 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United himself, has already seen enough from Klopp to start getting worried about how far he can take the Anfield club.
As a director and an avid supporter of the club, Ferguson knows the worst thing for many Manchester United fans is the thought of Liverpool re-establishing themselves as the dominant force of the 80s. It appears he is starting to fear that Klopp can actually be the man to make that nightmare a reality.
Asked about Klopp at the TechCrunch event in London, Ferguson said: “I’m worried about him because the one thing United don’t want is Liverpool to get above us.
“He’s a fantastic personality, with those big white teeth always showing.
"Even at Newcastle when they lost the second goal he goes over to Steve McClaren to congratulate him. That’s class, that. And the work he did at Dortmund.
“I know him quite well from the coaching seminars. He’s going to make a difference at that club with his personality, drive and knowledge. Things are looking up there.”
Better than Van Gaal?
Although Manchester United find themselves six points in front of their most loathed rivals, plenty of supporters at Old Trafford would prefer the exciting, high-press football that Klopp is installing at Liverpool to the drab and depressing football currently on offer under Louis van Gaal.
Indeed, Manchester United have drawn five of their last nine games 0-0 with the chant "attack, attack, attack" now a favourite with the 75,000 supporters.
It's now an impossible image, but wouldn't the majority of United fans preferred Klopp over Van Gaal?