Jurgen Klopp rejected the chance to become Manchester United manager in 2013, it’s been claimed.
The Liverpool manager was reportedly sounded out about succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson but told Manchester United to look elsewhere despite harbouring ambitions to take the helm at Old Trafford.
The Telegraph claim senior sources at Manchester United have confirmed Klopp was among a few candidates considered to replace Ferguson before David Moyes eventually landed the job.
How far the talks got are unclear, but Klopp ended any chance of taking the Old Trafford reins by informing them he wanted to stay at Borussia Dortmund.
His decision was based on a desire to challenge Bayern Munich after they had wrestled back the Bundesliga crown. Dortmund’s great rivals had also announced the appointment of Pep Guardiola and Klopp wanted to take him on. Essentially, he felt the timing wasn’t right.
Klopp’s decision to reject Manchester United’s advances were all the more startling considering it was revealed this week that he dreamed of managing them. That’s according to Eckhard Krautzun who managed Klopp at Mainz before he was succeeded by the now Liverpool manager.
‘It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said,’ Krautzun told The Set Pieces.
Klopp eventually arrived in the Premier League two years later but at Manchester United’s bitter rivals Liverpool.