Manchester United’s search for yet another permanent manager is set to take shape at the end of the season as Ralf Rangnick’s interim spell in charge of the Red Devils comes to an end.
It has previously been stated that Rangnick may throw his hat into the ring to carry on next campaign.
This is not beyond the realms of possibility but another year of the German is unlikely to inspire many on the Stretford End.
Rangnick may well have been the inspiration for Jurgen Klopp but what has become clear during his short spell in charge at the Theater of Dreams is that the Liverpool boss has greatly improved on the 63-year-old’s teachings.
Where Klopp is a begrudgingly likeable, bouncy character, Rangnick comes across more of a sensitive footballing professor. There is no doubt that he knows the game inside-out but he perhaps lacks that oomph to get a side like United ticking.
Over on the red half of Merseyside, Klopp has ingrained his ‘rock-n-roll’ football into the psyche of Liverpool Football Club and how Manchester United would dream of even a spec of that at the moment.
This all sounds rather depressing for United fans and, to be truthful, it is at the moment, but maybe not for much longer.
Richard Arnold and co have allegedly drawn up a four-man shortlist for the soon-to-be vacant United hotseat and one name on that list gives the Red Devils the chance to introduce a bit of Klopp to Old Trafford.
Erik Ten Hag, the current Ajax boss, seems to have the key traits which United have been lacking for so long.
During an interview discussing Marc Overmars’ departure from the Amsterdam club, Ten Hag mentioned how as a coach you should ‘radiate energy’.
When you see it written down it seems obvious.
Of course a manager should be energetic, all the greatest coaches are, yet for some reason United have seen it fit to skirt away from this characteristic when making appointments.
Neither Rangnick nor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer look capable of mustering up any form of passion on the touchline.
The last person to show anything close to energy was Jose Mourinho and at least he delivered United a trophy worth talking about.
Where Mourinho may have lacked the interpersonal skills for 21st century football, Ten Hag seems to possess these qualities.
Many have mentioned his kindness when speaking about the Dutchman – he would be unlikely to rule with an iron fist.
His time learning from Pep Guardiola while he managed the Bayern Munich second team says all you need to know about his style of play too.
Have Hag likes to keep possession but that Klopp’s ability to get his teams to press the opposition is fundamental to how he wants to play.
We could therefore be looking at an incredible Pep-Jurgen hybrid.
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There is, of course, risks with hiring Ten Hag, though.
He has never managed a club in the top five leagues in Europe so his ability to adapt to the Premier League is in question.
His side’s have also never had ‘big egos’ in them – if he came to United he would probably have to deal with a few of them.
But he knows how to win league titles and was seconds away from taking Ajax to the Champions League final.
The unknowns regarding Ten Hag are outweighed by the likely positives, though.
He would be an exciting choice for the United board to make and would certainly improve the mood around Old Trafford.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.