Sir Alex Ferguson moved toward the German to get a handle on him over the work, which he was standing down from at the end of the campaign.
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Ferguson was determined to pass the baton onto a suitable candidate and believed Klopp would be a great manager to succeed him.
However, Klopp was really busy anticipating the 2013/14 Bundesliga season and didn’t feel it was the perfect opportunity to abandon Dortmund.
Eventually, United decided on David Moyes all things considered, with Klopp at last going to the Premier League to deal with the Red Devils’ severe opponents, Liverpool.
“We spoke,” Klopp said. “We spoke not a lot but, for me, it was a lot.
“It was a big honour, the whole talk, to be honest. But I could not leave Dortmund.
“You are in April and you are in the middle of the planning for next season. You have this player and this player who are coming but then you are not there anymore? That doesn’t work. Not in my life.
“I didn’t hear about a real offer [from United] but, if there was, I could not have done it. I first had to finish the job with Dortmund and then think about other things.
“Maybe that is not smart but that is my way. It was the same at Mainz.”
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