Manchester United looking into the possibility of making a move for Pep Guardiola?

Manchester United are according to the Daily Mail, looking to test the resolve of former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who will leave the German giants at the end of the season and be replaced with former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. Guardiola is currently linked to Manchester City, and those links do not seem to disappear, despite the fact the Spaniard has not yet confirmed his destination for the summer. Last week, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sacked, which brought speculation that the Old Trafford club were ready to sack current manager Louis van Gaal, something which has not yet happened despite lots of speculation.

Mourinho seems to be the social media supporters choice to replace Louis van Gaal at the club, but with that choice comes many questions as to whether the club will be in the right hands. The Portuguese manager, despite being successful at four different club (with two stints at Chelsea), has brought controversy in this modern football age. The guy has been effectively sacked by the same club twice, ignored youth products, which at the end of the day is an identity of Manchester United and cannot be risked. Look at his recent stint at Chelsea, talented Academy players seldom given a chance and often overlooked. I am talking about the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Charly Musonda, Nathan Ake, Patrick Bamford and Lewis Baker.

After the press conference that Louis van Gaal held with the media yesterday, he has to follow that us with nothing less than three points against both Stoke City and Chelsea in the festive double-header over the holiday weekend. Anything less than six points, and the media will be doing what they do best, causing something out of nothing, printing rumours and the whole #LVGOut campaign on social media will grow once again with those in the media rubbing their hands in delight at what they have caused, which is pretty despicable behaviour, but there does not seem to be a backbone on journalism these days. Currently, Ed Woodward seems reluctant to sack the Dutchman, as really quick decisions like this can cause devastating effects for the club, who have already sacked one manager, David Moyes, since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.

It is said by the Daily Mail that Van Gaal’s position at United is so precarious that they will judge him on a match by match basis, but would prefer to leave him in his role until the end of the season, replacing him in the summer, which in my opinion is the least he deserves. Guardiola may still be available, and United are exploring the chances of that, but may be left red-faced once again with Manchester City seemingly being his destination, but there has been some information to suggest if Manchester United were interested, he would jump at the chance to manage the Old Trafford club. Things like this have been said before, and have not worked so well, so we just need to wait and see what happens. It would seem the pressure is not only on Louis van Gaal, Ed Woodward will be feeling the pressure too, as at the end of the day, if he sacks the manager and fails to bring in a decent replacement, his head will be on the line also.

Guardiola would certainly want UEFA Champions League football at either club he manages, which means United have a lot to achieve this season. I do believe Van Gaal can turn it around, and his stubbornness will play a big factor in that. The football has been boring, that is one thing the supporters have right, but it is something that can be fixed, and providing this happens, all will be good until another problem surfaces, as nine times out of ten something else does rear its ugly head. Many suggest Guardiola to be a long-term manager, but four years at Barcelona with arguably one of the best teams in the world, plus another three at Bayern Munich, another of the best teams in the world, suggest different. Guardiola would not be handed a great squad if he took over at United, and he would then be under scrutiny as he will have work to do other than picking the team and their training methods, he will have to build a team for the first time. That is something I hold reservations about, as he’s not really done that at either club he has managed.

The Sun (probably not the most reliable newspaper in the world) suggest that Guardiola has already verbally agreed to become the manager of United’s rivals, City. A verbal agreement is not worth the paper it is printed on though. They suggest he will become the highest paid manager in the world of football, earning £21 million per season, which is a massive amount of cash, but is that something Guardiola wants out of his management career? If I was a manager, being in charge of a club with masses of history and being part of continuing that would be my first priority over money. I would obviously be tempted by the money, but it is not everything at the end of the day. The Sun also state that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has told the Spanish manager to name his price to be his next Chelsea manager, which again seems to be just throwing money at a problem to find a solution. Again that may not be something Guardiola wants. They also state that City are confident they have their man.

Will Manchester United find a long-term replacement in Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho or will the successor for Louis van Gaal, whether in the summer or at the end of his contract, be Ryan Giggs?

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