Manchester United appeared to brief journalists over the weekend, possibly in a bid to save face after discovering rivals Manchester City have already secured his services, that they will not cut short Louis van Gaal’s contract in order to land Pep Guardiola.
It’s understood that Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, following three years at the Allianz Arena, and City are currently the strong favourites to seal the former Barcelona head coach’s signature.
However, in a surprise twist, The Sun claim that Guardiola could be prepared to wait a year before replacing Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
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It’s reported that the revered 44-year-old is keen to become the new Manchester United manager and could opt to take another 12-month sabbatical in order to guarantee himself the top job at the Theatre of Dreams.
An increasing number of disgruntled United fans would like to see Van Gaal sacked and replaced at the end of the season. Many supporters are tired of the unadventurous football regularly served up under the veteran Dutch coach’s stewardship and would subsequently welcome a change in management.
The number of disillusioned fans, meanwhile, will inevitably rise if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds on Tuesday night.
United could regret missing out on Guardiola
A poll conducted by the Manchester Evening News - per Samuel Luckhurst - has revealed that almost 70 per cent of United fans surveyed want Van Gaal sacked in the summer if his dismissal results in the appointment of Guardiola.
But, unfortunately for the majority of United fans, there is a possibility - per the Independent - that Van Gaal’s contract will be extended beyond 2017.
Missing out on Guardiola, in favour of retaining Van Gaal, could be a decision that costs Manchester United dear in the long term.
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