Manchester United should consider Massimiliano Allegri as Louis van Gaal's replacement

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As yet another disappointing weekend passes following defeat to West Brom, Louis van Gaal remains in the Manchester United hotseat striving towards the unlikely goal of claiming a Champions League place next season.

The Dutchman's future remains in doubt, with Jose Mourinho or Ryan Giggs touted to take over, but a club of United's stature must carry out due diligence to ensure the right man is found.

Sir Alex Ferguson's admission that David Moyes wasn't the preferred choice to replace him in 2013 shines a glaring light on how far the club has fallen in European football, but at least shows they took their time with the appointment.


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The Red Devils now appear to be in a state of quandary regarding their direction and that has only been incensed by Pep Guardiola's confirmed appointment as Manchester City manager.

Of the candidates to take over, Mourinho has an excellent record of winning and the potential to rival Guardiola in the Premier League, whilst club legend Giggs could give United the stability they crave.

But there should be another consideration - Massimiliano Allegri.

The Juventus manager might not possess the same kind of pull as Mourinho or Giggs, but he certainly fills a lot of the criteria to take over at Old Trafford.

The Old Lady have dominated Serie A in recent seasons - their move to a new stadium has seen the club's revenue rise and its reputation increase as one of Europe's powerhouses.

This rise has largely been a result of the foundations laid by previous manager Antonio Conte and inherited by Allegri, who has crafted a defensively solid side sprinkled with an array of talented and atheltic attacking stars.

Their Champions League semi-final tie with Real Madrid last year, for example, was the perfect example of how well organised Juventus are under the Italian, let alone how effectively they executed their game plan against Los Blancos.

Van Gaal, on the other hand, has struggled to get the best out of his United players, and whilst they appeared solid at the back during the early stages of the season, cracks have been exposed and attacking threat has proved an issue.

It all points to the suggestion that the Red Devils are unsure as to what their Dutch manager expects of them - and it seems he isn't too sure himself.

Amidst all the struggles in Manchester, Allegri has taken some of Europe's hottest talents under his wing at the Juventus Stadium and forged them into integral and world-class players, including Alvaro Morata, Paulo Dybala and Paul Pogba.

The 48-year-old's track record speaks for itself too, claiming a league and cup double during his first season in Turin and steering Juve to the 2015 Champions League final, which they narrowly lost to the great Barcelona.

Allegri has more than proven his credentials wherever he has managed and judging by his recent successes, United have every reason to enquire into his availability.

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