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Jurgen Klopp’s Manchester United starting eleven?

Some still believe that David Moyes is the right choice for Manchester United – that we will all suddenly wake up one day and the crisis will have bottomed out.

You might also argue that there is no guarantee that a new manager would do any better. The fact is that Manchester United would have to wait until the summer to appoint a major coach anyway, as most are currently busy winning stuff.

So you might think it’s a knee jerk reaction to start talking about appointing a manager who is currently hot but may be yesterday’s news in 6 months time. But we believe that Jurgen Klopp would be a fantastic manager of Manchester United. He has a clear idea of how he wants his teams to play. He has done it at the top level in The Champions League and he’s worked with top players already. Experience that was missing from the Moyes CV.

The most alluring part of the Klopp idea is that the style he likes to play is so Manchester United. It’s fast, attacking and swashbuckling football – Borussia Dortmund play with the sort of freedom that Manchester United so patently lack right now.

So, if he was in charge of Manchester United, how would he set the team out? How would he deal with the abundance of number tens and lack of quality out wide?

We imagine that Klopp would immediately reinstate Shinji Kagawa into the side. Last year he said of his former player:

‘Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing!
‘My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes.

‘Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw.

It’s so true. Everytime we have seen Shinji play more centrally he has done the business. But Moyes either benches him or puts him out wide as a conventional winger.

But Klopp would still have the problem of squeezing everyone into that same eleven. We think that he would decide to play either Mata or Kagawa alongside Carrick in the ‘2’ of a 4-2-3-1 – someone to ping the ball around more quickly and set up attacks. That would free up another space in the ‘3’. It would be a team packed full of creativity and one that kept the ball much better than it is currently. The lack of natural wingers would be compensated for by the marauding full backs.

So here’s our prediction of how Klopp would use this current team of players:

Manchester United (4-2-3-1) De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra – Carrick, Mata – Kagawa, Rooney, Januzaj – RvP

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  1. kim

    Mar 19, 2014 at 4:10 am

    sack moyes now rather than later. he doesnt know how to field a winning squard.

    • redox

      Mar 20, 2014 at 12:10 am

      And apparently, you don’t know how to spell “squad”.

  2. jackmufc

    Mar 19, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Who ever picked this team is a retard ! No idiot would have this as a starting 11

    • Mo

      Mar 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Dude..You sure you ok ?
      Clearly i would pick the same team as it is stated above.

      There would be no Danny Welbeck, Chica , Fletcher, Fellani, Valencia, Young they arent United… They might be playing for Mancherster United but i havent seen in the past 25 years players like them.

      • United_through & through

        Mar 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

        How can you say chicharito is not a “united ” player? He is the closest we have seen to OGS so for you to say that he is not united shocks me! we do need a massive clear out, that is agreed.

  3. Soccerisma

    Mar 19, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Is Mata seriously starting as a CENTRAL MIDFIELDER alongside Carrick in this 4-2-3-1 formation of yours? Baffling seriously

  4. brian aswani

    Mar 19, 2014 at 6:53 am

    kindly we are tied with these useless work of moyes

  5. Ali boyi

    Mar 19, 2014 at 7:06 am

    That is corret eleven

  6. Andy

    Mar 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Moyes is not to be called coach.infact he’s the worst coach i have ever set my eye’s on.i don’t think it will be a great idea to gve him more time.

  7. samklke

    Mar 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

    sack sack dat useless so called coach

  8. kudu abdulrahim

    Mar 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    let try dis eleven 4 a while nd c wat wl happen.


    Mar 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Essentially the same team Moyes is playing except putting Mata where Fellaini is? Genius.

  10. Louisleftfoot

    Mar 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Keep moyes he is a football genius ,,,,, 5 times we won it 5 times

  11. zac laz

    Mar 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

    When we go out tonight lets c wit the board do. I for one want him OUT Now. Hes killing united as we speak

  12. Schuster

    Mar 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm


  13. Samsudeen

    Mar 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Dont put all the blame on moyes what of the players

  14. Touljier

    Mar 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I know I will be hated for this but I’ll say it anyway. I hope we lose tonight and crash out of CL in the same embarrassing fashion as the last matches as I feel it will be 1 game closer to seeing the back of Moyes…I also expect his coaching staff (excl Giggs) to be shown the door too.. Useless as a wet dream!

  15. man

    Mar 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    reading dis is heart breakin this is so ignorant mata in d middle with carrick does he look like he can defend. A CM must be able to attackat the same time defend luk at alonso fabregas gerrard etc.

  16. stewart

    Mar 20, 2014 at 3:55 am

    i would always play kagawa next to carrick in midfield.

    RVP needs to pull his finger out! and start earning the 200k a week we pay him!

  17. isah haliru gusau, nigeria.

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:20 am

    kloop is far better than moyes, let him be the assistant to kloop. but u should stop underate fellaini, valencia, chicharito, nani & welbeck

  18. isah haliru gusau, nigeria.

    Mar 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

    kloop is far better than moyes, let him be the assistant to kloop. but u should stop underate fellaini, valencia, chicharito, nani & welbeck. even others deserve respect.

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