Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is believed to want a move to Manchester United as his next job in football.
The Spaniard is in his third year in the Bundesliga with the Bavarian club and is rumoured to be looking for a new challenge when his current contract with Bayern expires in the summer. There has been a lot of talk of Guardiola being the man to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City at the end of the season but the Telegraph report that the former Barcelona player views Old Trafford as his preferred destination.
Man United’s current manager, Louis van Gaal, is contracted to be at the club until at least the year 2017, giving the owners a huge decision to make regarding employing Guardiola. The Dutchman has nearly halfway through his expected three-year tenure at United, which he has confirmed will be his last job in football before retirement.
Many United fans have been disappointed with the brand of football van Gaal has deployed since his arrival, as the team have been much more concerned with retaining possession, rather than all-out attack. Guardiola is definitely a manager who would bring attractive football back to Old Trafford and he has proved himself at the highest level, winning the treble with Barcelona and numerous Bundesliga titles at Bayern.
Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted to approaching Guardiola about taking over his role when he retired in 2013 but the 44-year-old instead chose to make the move to Germany before the Reds settled for David Moyes. United will be extremely wary over their next appointment, whoever takes over from van Gaal, but they will have an extremely tough decision to make if they do, in fact, want Guardiola.
On many occasions, van Gaal has claimed that his work at United is all part of a ‘process’ that could take three years to see the benefits. Even if United were not to win silverware this season, putting their faith in van Gaal for the last year of his contract could be crucial to the team’s success. Another change in manager could see another transitional period, making the former Dutch national teams manager’s work redundant.
Only time will tell whether the Glazer family are willing to take the risk and end van Gaal’s time at the club a year early and his performance this season could be the telling factor in whether he sees out his contract in Manchester or not.