Peter Schmeichel has admitted he fears the idea of Pep Guardiola becoming the next Manchester United manager.
The 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss is widely regarded to be one of the best managers in the world having led Barcelona to three La Liga titles and two Champions League’s trophies during his time at the club, using an impressive, tiki-taka style of football.
Despite Guardiola’s then Barcelona team being widely renowned as one of the best teams in world football, Schmeichel feels that the Catalonian would not be a good fit for Manchester United.
“This is my biggest fear that someone like Pep Guardiola will become the next Manchester United manager,” Schmeichel said.
“Guardiola has a way of playing, he has a system and he sticks to that. He has changed Bayern Munich from what I thought was a fantastic treble-winning team under Jupp Heynckes.
“[They played] quick football, through the middle, using the width of the pitch, but they were passing the ball and killing everyone they played against.
“He started to make them pass the ball sideways and I don’t think they are as exciting as what they were.”
Having been part of one of United’s most successful ever teams, Schmeichel is entitled to his opinion on Guardiola, which is sure to split supporters.
On the one hand, Guardiola would likely implement a similar style of football that van Gaal has employed so far at the club – slow, patient and possession based, something which many fans do not associate with United’s traditional, fast, pacey, attacking style of play.
On the other, there is no doubting Guardiola’s credentials as a manager. The former Barcelona midfielder has won titles wherever he has worked, and was instrumental in Barcelona’s unstoppable form between 2008-2012, which cemented their status as the best team in the world at the time.
While Schmeichel may be right about Guardiola’s style not typically being associated with United, supporters may want to remind the great Dane that winning is the most important part of United’s ethos – something which Guardiola would be almost certain to bring to Manchester should he become manager.