Manchester United deny Pep Guardiola meeting in Paris

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Manchester United have denied they met with Bayern Munich boss over the possibility of him taking over at Old Trafford from Louis van Gaal in the summer.

The Spanish coach has already confirmed his intentions to leave the Allianz Arena and admitted he is looking to head to the Premier League - which has sparked a war for his signature.

Manchester City appeared to be in the driving seat for his services thanks to Txiki Bgiristain and Ferran Soriano's presence at the club. Both officials were at Barcelona during Guardiola's illustrious spell in charge at the Nou Camp between 2008 and 2012.

However over the last 24 hours it appears as though Manchester United are well in the race for his services, and French source France Football has claimed that Red Devils officials met with Guardiola, at a hotel in Paris.

Current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is under pressure to overhaul his side's results as well as their playing style. Despite recent wins against Swansea and Liverpool, the Red Devils are still outside the top four, two points behind Tottenham.

Despite that, the BBC are reporting that Manchester United have denied that any talks with Guardiola have taken place, and are publicly insisting that no managerial changes will be happening.

All signs point to a switch in the summer, with the Mirror reporting this morning that Van Gaal is intending on stepping down in the summer, and because of that the club have put any plans they had for the January transfer window on hold.

Whether Guardiola is the man to take over, however, remains to be seen. Chelsea are also in the running for his services and Ryan Giggs, currently Van Gaal's number two, has been lined up as his successor for some time now.

Guardiola was recently forced to apologise for his comments about wanting to move to the Premier League, and the subsequent speculation it caused. "It was not my intention to offend anybody," he said. "Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot."

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