Louis van Gaal
The bookies are tipping the Netherlands coach to become the next manager of Manchester United, following rumours he has been in talks over potentially replacing David Moyes. Van Gaal has led the Dutch throughout an impressive undefeated World Cup qualification campaign, winning nine matches and drawing one.
The experienced Dutchman has a good record in club football as well, impressing with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, amongst others, and would doubtlessly be welcomed as a steadying influence at Manchester United. As well as this, the appointment of a fellow countryman could persuade Robin van Persie to remain at Old Trafford, amid rumours he is considering his future.
The popular German is another being tipped to take the reins at Old Trafford, and he would doubtlessly please Manchester United fans who want more exciting tactics, following Moyes perceived negative, drab style.
Klopp has endeared himself to football worldwide with his charisma and the entertaining style of Borussia Dortmund, a club he has managed since 2008. Klopp revived the club, leading them on an upwards spiral culminating in two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League runners up medal in 2013, with limited finances. Klopp may also be able to bring the best out of playmaker Shinji Kagawa, who he managed successfully at Borussia Dortmund.
However, Klopp is unproven outside of Germany, with his playing and managerial career situated entirely within the Bundesliga. Perhaps the Glazers would be tempted to plump for someone with more experience throughout European football. As well as this, Klopp is inexperienced in having a vast amount of money to spend, and this could discourage the Glazers from appointing the German, out of fear of a repeat of disastrous transfer windows under David Moyes.
The Argentine has worked wonders at Atletico Madrid, turning them from Real Madrid’s considerably weaker rivals, into genuine contenders for La Liga and the Champions League. Atletico Madrid won the Copa del Ray last season, and are top of the La Liga and in the Champions League semi-final this season after disposing of none other than Barcelona.
Simeone, infamous in England for his involvement in David Beckham’s 1998 World Cup sending off, will guide Atletico into a Champions League semi-final against Chelsea aware that the eyes of Manchester United will be keenly studying the way he deals with English opposition. A drawback of Simeone is his lack of fluency in English, which may put the Glazers off. However, the biggest drawback is simply that Simeone is unlikely to want to leave Madrid for Manchester, with his side playing some exciting, effective football, and looking likely to topple Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top in the coming years.
Giggs will take control of the club for the remainder of the season, but does he have what it takes to get the job on a permanent basis? The Welshman is a huge fan favourite at Old Trafford, and has broken many records with his longevity and commitment to the club. However, whilst he is hugely popular, it is unlikely that fans will want to see Giggs manage the club, with his lack of experience in management too prominent to overcome.
But, if he were to impress on a temporary basis, perhaps the Glazers could be tempted into giving him a short term contract as the permanent manager. However, this is overly speculative, and the club will want somebody experienced who can steady the club during this period of turmoil. Don’t bet against a management role for Giggs in the future though.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Another unlikely candidate for the job is the very man who left it at the end of last season. Who better to stabilise the club, and return them to winning ways than the most successful manager ever to have graced the game? However, Ferguson would be unlikely to stay for more than a season, and the club and their fans will aspire for a manager who is able to build his own team and deliver a prolonged period of success.
If Ferguson was to return to the club on a permanent basis it would be a significant step back for Manchester United. It is also open to debate whether he would wish to return to management. However, there is the possibility he could return as an interim manager, until the club find a replacement for David Moyes, an unlikely, but certainly not unthinkable prospect.
Whilst Ryan Giggs and Sir Alex Ferguson are both beloved members of Manchester United football club, the thought of them returning to manage the club are unrealistic. Giggs is too inexperienced, whilst Ferguson is not a long term option.
Either of them could certainly manage the club until a new manager is found however. And this new manager is very likely to emerge from Van Gaal, Klopp or Simeone. Van Gaal is rightly favourite, it would appear it is his job to lose.
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