Pep Guardiola admits he could see himself managing Manchester United in the future.
The Bayern Munich boss, who led Barcelona to three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies during his spell in Catalonia, has made the claim in new book ‘Pep Confidential’.
Guardiola reveals that he has a good feeling about the Red Devils, a club he spoke about with Sir Alex Ferguson during dinner in 2012.
“I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.”
Whether he was ever offered the job with Manchester United remains unclear, with Guardiola claiming he couldn’t quite understand the Scot when they met.
He said back in March: “Sir Alex spoke quickly, so sometimes I have a problem understanding him. That’s why maybe I didn’t understand if I received an offer or not!”
David Moyes would eventually take the hot seat at Manchester United after Ferguson’s retirement, but was unable to meet expectations and lost his job after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League.
After a brief stint by club legend Ryan Giggs, it was Louis van Gaal who got the nod to replace the Scot long-term at Old Trafford, and he’s made big changes after taking charge with the likes of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao joining the Red Devils.
Guardiola, meanwhile, has enjoyed success at Bayern after taking a year’s sabbatical following his time at the Nou Camp. He won the Bundesliga title in the first year, but experienced an embarrassing Champions League semi-final defeat to rivals Real Madrid.
The dream a reality
That’s a position Manchester United can only currently dream of being back in, although Guardiola could look to take them there again one day after his latest revelation.
The book details Guardiola’s first season in charge at Bayern Munich, and is a fly-on-the-wall account of his methods and tactics as a a manager.