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Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Pep Guardiola to succeed him, not David Moyes

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Writing an autobiography has become an essential for larger-than-life football icons, not just to discuss and reflect upon their careers, but to cram controversy and shock revelations within - a category Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest literary installment falls into.

In his new book, titled 'Leading', Ferguson reveals that he had initially approached now Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola over a position at Old Trafford before unveiling David Moyes as his eventual successor.

The ex-United boss wrote, as per the Telegraph: "I had dinner with Pep Guardiola in New York in 2012, but couldn't make him any direct proposal because retirement was not on my agenda at that point.

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"He had already won an enviable number of trophies with Barcelona and I admired him greatly. I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club, but he didn't and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013."

It wasn’t just Guardiola that Ferguson considered as the heir to his throne. The 73-year-old claimed that he was also looking at now-manager Louis van Gaal, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.

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Given the disastrous season that United endured under Moyes in the season proceeding Ferguson's retirement, perhaps they would have been better off with one of said elite managers.

Despite losing out on the above, though, Ferguson maintained his steadfast support for his fellow countryman through even the most difficult of times.

And while Moyes began life at Old Trafford in style, his side comfortably defeating Swansea 4-1, he was to taste little other success throughout the season, and following a succession of embarrassing defeats was relieved of his role after just ten months in charge.

Ferguson's choice of successor proved ill-judged, then, though this didn't stop him from making a new prediction in his book.

"Ryan Giggs is eventually going to be a great manager -- he has intelligence, presence and knowledge," Ferguson wrote.

For Manchester United's sake, let's hope that Ferguson is right this time around.

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