Pep Guardiola can be persuaded to take Manchester United job

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Manchester United have a chance of convincing Pep Guardiola to take the Manchester United job, according to the London Evening Standard's Patrick Barclay.

In his Wednesday column the football writer reiterates how the Bayern Munich manager was always Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice coach to replace him at Old Trafford last summer.

However, after already agreeing to succeed Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena following an 18-month sabbatical, Guardiola was forced to knock back the Red Devils legend's advances, prompting Ferguson to consider alternative options, leading to the appointment of David Moyes on a six-year contract.

Following Moyes's dismissal after just 10 months in charge, veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was promoted to interim manager until the end of the season. But, the 40-year-old is not expected to take the role permanently, with Manchester United having been heavily linked with an approach for Louis van Gaal.

The Holland head coach will leave his role with the Dutch FA after the 2014 World Cup, but his forthcoming commitments raise doubts about his suitability for the job in light of Manchester United's disastrous transfer window the previous summer.

And, with Guardiola under increasing pressure following last night's 5-0 aggregate humbling in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, there have been calls from some quarters for the former Barcelona boss to be given the boot at Bayern Munich.

Honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has made no secret of his dissatisfaction at the Spaniard's playing style and tactics, and according to Barclay that could just play into Manchester United's favour if Ferguson were to make contact with Guardiola again.

Despite cruising to the Bundesliga title this season, the 43-year-old's future appears uncertain, and pressure for him to be removed from his position of authority could increase with defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German cup final next month.

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