Pep Guardiola can replace Louis van Gaal in 2017

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You've probably heard by now: Pep Guardiola could see himself as the manager of Manchester United. 

This, of course, is according to author Marti Perarnau who was given complete access to Guardiola's Bayern Munich side throughout his debut campaign with the club last term. 

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It's the Old Trafford atmosphere that really seems to appeal to Guardiola - his exact comments regarding Manchester United way back in 2012 were: 

“I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.”

Manchester United fans can be forgiven for thinking that the club should have tried to replace legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson with the former Barcelona boss, however it was never really meant to be. 

Guardiola, just months before Ferguson announced his retirement, signed a pre-contractual agreement with current club Bayern Munich, whilst the Red Devils appointed David Moyes as their new boss. 

Guardiola to takeover 

Moyes, of course, departed Old Trafford at the back-end of last season, with experienced coach Louis van Gaal now at the helm. But, at 63-years-old, the Dutchman can't go on forever, so when could Guardiola become the club's new boss? 

2017 may well be his year to takeover...after all, that's the year Van Gaal - who will be 66 at the time - will run out of contract at the Theatre of Dreams. Manchester United's current boss clearly has a three year plan - he will be determined to land the Premier League title in that time and compete for Champions League silverware with the club. 

But don't expect him to stay on much longer. 2017, then, could prove the ideal time for Guardiola to take over at the club. The Spaniard, in fact, runs out of contract at the German giants the year before, but don't be surprised if he adds another year to that or even takes another year out of the game. 

Guardiola is certainly the type of manager who would prosper at Old Trafford. He's up to the required standard and would become an instant hit with the fans - it's something that has to happen one day. 

Manchester United fans: Would you like to see Guardiola replace Van Gaal in 2017? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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