Manchester United have conceded to the fact Pep Guardiola is going to join Manchester City this summer and have no intention of putting up a fight for him, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The MEN say Man United are adamant they will stick with Louis van Gaal and are happy to let Guardiola go to Man City because they simply aren’t interested in him.
I’m not really sure where to start on this one?
First of all, if that is true, United must have an excellent plan in place to ignore Guardiola and let van Gaal keep his job given that he is going to be leaving next summer anyway when his contract runs out. Maybe that plan is Ryan Giggs.
Secondly, what is Ed Woodward thinking? It would be utter madness for us to happily chase the tails of the likes of Gareth Bale and Neymar during the transfer window to then sit back and let one of the world’s best managers join City without so much as a fight. What a huge contradiction that would be, and a potentially grave mistake.
Guardiola would only be at the club for a three year period were he to join but I don’t think we’re under any illusions that Giggs isn’t ready for the job yet and that won’t change next summer. For us to overlook one of the world’s best, keep van Gaal in charge when the team has stagnated massively and then give the job to Giggs – all of those combined would make it an even riskier move than replacing Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes.
You’d think United would have learned about their mistakes following the shambolic reign of Moyes but by all accounts it looks like we are willing to risk repeating the same errors and that could come at an unimaginable cost if it were to backfire again.