Manchester United almost replaced David Moyes with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United’s fate may have taken an entirely different turn if recent events coming to light are to be believed.

The Red Devils were reportedly interested in Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp during David Moyes’ short tenure at Old Trafford.

Moyes’ United career ended poorly after he failed to guide the then champions to any form of European football.

Sacked and replaced by Louis Van Gaal the following season, it’s fair to say David did not meet any expectations set out for him by the board.

According to a book being serialised in the Daily Mail called Bring the Noise which is Klopp’s biography, United were interested in bringing in the former Dortmund manager.

The book reads: “Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had flown out to see Klopp in Germany.

“David Moyes’s short tenure at Old Trafford was coming to an end, and Klopp was United’s favourite to replace him, to bring back a sense of adventure to the Red Devils’ game.

“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.”

Instead of the above transpiring into Jurgen being in the Old Trafford dugout, supporters saw club legend Ryan Giggs take over as interim manager until the end of the season.

Giggs was then made assistant manager by Louis Van Gaal, who saw him as vital part of the club’s identity and attempted to mentor him for the role in the future.

However, Van Gaal’s own tenure ended relatively early after failing to secure Champions League football and an FA cup trophy win could not rescue his job.

Soon enough it became apparent that Jose Mourinho was Manchester United’s main man and many anticipated that Ryan would still remain apart of his boyhood club but the Welshman was relieved of his duties.

There were reports that Mourinho offered him some role amongst the backroom team since he had his own trusted right hand man in Rui Faria but the club icon refused, choosing instead to wait for the right opportunity to be involved with the club once more.

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