Pep Guardiola keen to manage Manchester United
Bayern Munich boss would like to take charge of the Red Devils later in his career
October 16th, 2014
Pep Guardiola only manages big teams, with the Spaniard cutting his teeth with FC Barcelona before taking a twelve-month sabbatical ahead of becoming manager of Bayern Munich.
Guardiola is currently happy at the Bavarian club although he has revealed an interest in managing Manchester United despite the fact that the Red Devils are enduring something of a slump right now.
Louis van Gaal has recently taken charge at Old Trafford although Guardiola feels that he would like to come to England at some stage and see how he fares in the Premier League which would potentially see him go up against arch-enemy Jose Mourinho.
Guardiola’s biography has just been released and includes the following passage:
“Pep liked the setup at Säbener Strasse (Bayern’s training facility) despite the fact it was smaller than Barça’s training ground and had fewer technical facilities.
“The Catalan was impressed and told [his personal assistant] Manuel Estiarte privately: ‘I like this place. I could see myself coaching here one day. Pep had said something very similar a few months before, at Manchester United. The day after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, Guardiola and Estiarte travelled to Manchester to watch their next opponents in action.
“It was 4 May 2011, and the pair sat together in the stands of Old Trafford watching Sir Alex Ferguson’s team beat Schalke 4-1. Once again Pep had turned to his friend and said: ‘I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.’ Guardiola has always felt a deep admiration, almost veneration, for the legendary teams and players of Europe.”