In Marti Perarnau’s seminal account of Guardiola’s first season at Bayern, “Pep Confidential,” the manager talks of his admiration and respect for England’s record champions. This has led to plenty of speculation over the years, and these particular flames have been further fanned by sources at Bayern, who believe that United, due to their heritage and status, would be a better fit for the manager after Barcelona and Munich than, say, Man City.
Following in Louis van Gaal’s footsteps for a third time — the Dutchman laid much of the groundwork for Bayern’s step up the food chain in recent years — would make sense at a tactical level, but it’s fair to say that United’s progress has been much slower than anticipated. United would likely welcome Guardiola with a bulging war chest, but does the club have the competence to target the right players beyond the three or four superstars Ed Woodward has been trying to sign, to no avail, since the end of the Ferguson era?
Given the recent tumult at United, the club have become a bigger challenge to put right than their neighbours City. Guardiola would effectively embark on a rebuilding project and shelve any ideas about winning the Champions League for at least a couple of years. For all the glamour and romance of being manager at Old Trafford, it’s not the most attractive scenario right now.
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