Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson almost uncovered one of the biggest deals of 2013 by accident.
Pep Guardiola was appointed as Bayern Munich's new manager in January amidst intense speculation regarding his next move following a year-long sabbatical from the game having left Barcelona as their most decorated coach ever.
According to reports Chelsea and Manchester City were both looking to appoint the former Barcelona midfielder as their new manager, only for Bayern to swoop and announce him as Jupp Heynckes' replacement.
The Premier League giants - who eventually appointed Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini respectively - may have been dealt a helping hand if Ferguson had been able to uncover Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness' secret meeting with Guardiola in a restaurant in America that the Manchester United legend was due to attend on the same day.
Hoeness was in America to undertake work for his family's sausage family, and used it as a cover to meet Guardiola, who was taking a break from football across the Atlantic.
"It was partly a business trip for my company," said the Bayern chief.
"I went to Chicago first to visit Aldi. I knew that Pep was about to fly to Barcelona for his holidays and that a meeting there would have been far more dangerous, so we decided I would meet him in the States, where the risk of being spotted was smaller.
"I wanted to take him out for a meal, but that night, Alex Ferguson was dining in the very same restaurant.
"It certainly would not have been funny had he seen me and Pep together."
Ferguson retired from his role as Manchester United boss after more than 26 years in the hot seat at Old Trafford, where he won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
David Moyes was named as his replacement at the end of last season, and has guided Manchester United to 8th place in the Premier League and into the last 16 of the Champions League so far.
Bayern meanwhile are flying under Guardiola, and are seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
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