Some Manchester United supporters - including former player Rio Ferdinand - are still disappointed that Pep Guardiola, the man considered by many as the world’s best coach, is joining local rivals Manchester City this summer.
For the Old Trafford faithful, there’s a sense of dread ahead of Guardiola’s impending arrival. If Man City end up dominating under the revered Catalan coach, who will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, it would surprise nobody.
However, United fans have been reassured that Guardiola will find the Premier League difficult - by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Fergie doesn’t believe Guardiola will be able to replicate what he achieved at Barcelona and feels the 45-year-old will quickly discover that English football is “not easy”.
However, the legendary Scot admitted that Guardiola’s coaching ability and impressive work ethic will almost certainly mean he’ll succeed at the Etihad Stadium.
Ferguson on Guardiola
"Well Pep has got a fantastic work ethic about him," Ferguson told Sky Sports, per the Mirror. "And he demands that from all his training sessions. So anyone who says they're not going to work hard won't last long I'm sure of that.
"He has got great coaching ability there's no doubt about that. It's interesting because it'll be difficult to match what he did at Barcelona.
"Obviously Man City have had a real coup in getting him because he's an outstanding coach, but Pep won't find it easy. English football is not easy. Every foreign coach who has come to England will tell you that.
"Arsene Wenger, after a few months [of arriving], he was talking about that. Even Jose [Mourinho] when he came, after his first season he realised what he achieved was hard work.
"So, he will be a success I don't think he'll ever replicate what he ever did at Barcelona but that was a high standard. They were the best."
Guardiola's career so far
Indeed, under Guardiola between 2008 and 2012, Barcelona won a remarkable 14 trophies - including three La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues.
After a one-year sabbatical, Guardiola returned to management with Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013.
It would be unfair to suggest the Catalan coach has failed at the Allianz Arena; however, there are those who believe his tenure cannot be called a success unless he wins the Champions League.
Guardiola is on for a hat-trick of Bundesliga titles this season - and has also won the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup during his spell with the Bavarians - but he was brought in to help the club win the Champions League again following their triumph over Borussia Dortmund three years ago.
Guardiola could win the Champions League this season
Drawn against Benfica in this year’s quarter-finals, it would be a major surprise if Bayern Munich fail to reach the last four.
There’s a chance that Guardiola will not be managing in the Champions League next season.
But he might not be in it next season...
Manchester City are in danger of slipping out of the top four unless their form improves between now and the end of the campaign.
Defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday and Manuel Pellegrini’s side are likely to find themselves outside of the Champions League places.
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