The Louis van Gaal era is barely underway at Old Trafford, but the powers that be at Manchester United are already planning for the post-van Gaal years, reports the Express. The Red Devils have lined up Jurgen Klopp as their next manager, as they expect a natural ‘parting of ways’ with their current boss in the future.
There is no suggestion that United are already looking to offload van Gaal, despite the Dutchman’s sketchy start to life in the Premier League, only that they have Klopp in mind as part of their long-term plans. The Borussia Dortmund manager has become famed for his entertaining brand of football, and has been tipped to join a Premier League outfit before long.
Arsenal had been most heavily linked with the manager, as speculation begins to arise over who will replace Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman has been at the North London club since October 1996, but is expected to retire in the not too distant future. Klopp could be a good fit for the Gunners, as he is an advocate for fast, attractive football, in the same way as Wenger is.
However, it is United who most desperately want to appoint the German tactician, despite only just drafting van Gaal into the set-up. Either way, neither club will partner with Klopp for at least 4 years, as he is under contract in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. By the time 2018 comes around, the footballing landscape is likely to be very different, but this could be a case of ‘watch this space’.