Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he may well have been offered the Manchester United job by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012, but couldn’t understand the Scot properly.
According to the Mirror the mega-successful Spanish coach told reporters that he went for food with Sir Alex whilst the pair were both in New York in 2012 and that whilst there the then-United head-coach could have offered him his job. At the time Guardiola was taking a year-long sabbatical from football following his now famous reign at Barcelona, where he won two Champions League titles.
Naturally he was billed as a number one candidate to replace Ferguson when the United boss eventually stepped down, but he ended up instead opting to take up Jupp Heynckes position in charge of Bayern Munich. And now the 43-year-old has joked that it could have been Sir Alex’s accent which ultimately led to him opting not to succeed him at Old Trafford.
Guardiola said: “He invited me to a super restaurant and we spent a very good time together.
"My English is not so good and Sir Alex spoke quickly, so sometimes I have a problem understanding him.
"That's why maybe I didn't understand if I received an offer or not! No, it was a friendly dinner, he was very gentle with me.
"He always talks with me like a coach and we spent a very good time together."
Guardiola will go head to head with David Moyes tomorrow in the first-leg of Bayern’s clash with United in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The German side are overwhelming favourites to progress, but they will need to be wary of complacency against Wayne Rooney and co.