Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has waded into the Pep Guardiola debate, and admits he understands why the Spaniard chose Bayern Munich over potential Premier League suitors.

The former Barcelona boss had been touted as a potential Chelsea or Manchester City manager, whilst paper speculation had also claimed that the ex-Brescia midfielder could replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford at some stage in the future.

However, the lure of the German giants was too much for Guardiola to turn down, and Ferdinand believes a thoughtful look at his decision offers a clear insight into why he chose the Bundesliga.

He Tweeted: “The news yesterday of Pep going to Bayern Munich was a shock...until you step back and think why...stability, organised, competitive in CL, Money to invest, history+time I'm assuming to put his stamp on the club...he obviously wasn't guaranteed all that at other clubs linked to!”

The 34-year-old defender took to Twitter following the Red Devils’ 1-0 FA Cup win over West Ham United, with a Wayne Rooney strike sending Ferguson’s men into the fourth round of the competition and a home tie against Fulham.

Ferdinand was again on the bench for the match against his old club, but will be desperate to go all the way in the competition – thus adding one of the few missing winner’s medals to his trophy collection.

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