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The embarrassing pitch Man United made to Jurgen Klopp to become their boss in 2014

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It can be funny how things work out in football, can't it?

Today, Manchester United have Jose Mourinho as their manager and they appear to be firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Liverpool are back playing football in the Champions League and have one of the most exciting attacking units in Europe.

But, back in 2014, Manchester United were trying to secure then-Borussia Dortmund and now-Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp.

The German had created an easy-on-the-eye side at Dortmund that genuinely rivalled Bayern Munich for the first time in decades and he became one of the hottest properties in Europe.

However, the way the Red Devils tried to tempt the enigmatic manager to Old Trafford raises some serious question marks.

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had flown out to see Klopp in Germany with David Moyes' short tenure at Old Trafford was coming to a close, according to the Daily Mail.

Klopp was United's favourite to replace him, to bring back a sense of adventure to the Red Devils' game and the bookmakers installed him as the favourite too.

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However, Woodward told Klopp that the Theatre of Dreams was "like an adult version of Disneyland," a mythical place where, as the nickname suggested, the entertainment was world class and dreams came true.

Klopp wasn't entirely convinced by that sales pitch — he found it a bit 'unsexy', he told a friend — but he didn't dismiss the proposition out of hand either. Still, he wanted to consider an offer from one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Subsequently, Klopp would release a statement reaffirming his loyalty to his current club: "Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans," it read, "but my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is unbreakable."

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Klopp only lasted a year longer with Dortmund before results took a turn for the worse and he left amicably and in that space of time, United had appointed Louis Van Gaal.

We wonder if Mourinho was given the same Disneyland speech before he agreed to join the club?

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