Robbie Fowler reveals why Jurgen Klopp turned down Manchester United

Jurgen Klopp rejected Manchester United because he ‘hated’ their obsession with the commercial side of football. United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has always overseen a lucrative business for the Glazers, but playing standards has dropped dramatically since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Klopp was reportedly offered the United job before the appointment of Louis Van Gaal, but Robbie Fowler claims the current Liverpool boss couldn’t get behind the Red Devils’ vision for the club. He wrote in the Mirror: ‘I did an interview with him a couple of years ago and he told me he turned down a couple of super-rich clubs after (Borussia) Dortmund – one of them was definitely Manchester United, the other probably Real Madrid – because he hated how they were focused solely on ­commercial influences. October 2019

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