Pep Guardiola.

Manchester United were busy with Van Gaal when Guardiola signed for City

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Manchester is very much blue at the moment. Not only are Manchester City chasing down a potential quadruple, but they will also see the most sought after manager in world football arrive in the summer. 

Meanwhile, Manchester United fans would be more than happy with fourth place in the Premier League and, perhaps, a nice little run in the FA Cup. It seems those noisy neighbours that Alex Ferguson famously alluded to have now conquered the entire city.

It is a tough time, in relative terms, to be a United fan, but things are about to get that little bit worse when they find out exactly what Ed Woodward was doing when City opened talks with Guardiola late last year.


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At that time, Van Gaal was not under the kind of pressure he is now. In fact, Woodward was delighted with the work that he was actually preparing to offer him a new contract. What a visionary that executive vice-chairman of yours is proving to be.

That is according to the Manchester Evening News, who also say that there was a feeling within Old Trafford that Guardiola would have joined the Citizens even if they had offered him a deal at the right moment.

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They claim, allegedly, that the Bayern Munich manager had made a promise to City director of football Txiki Begiristain months ago, meaning any club challenging their bid was destined to fail.



A large amount of Manchester United fans are still incredulous to Monday's announcement. Not only have they missed out on Guardiola for the second time, but they continue to find themselves managed by a man who boasts very little support.

Van Gaal is unlikely to be in charge next season if the team do not improve, leaving many calling for the unemployed Jose Mourinho to take over and reassume a fierce rivalry with Guardiola in the process.

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