Manchester United have sacked manager David Moyes with immediate effect after owners the Glazer family finally lost patience with the Scot and reports have emerged now that they are prepared to see if Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola would take over at Old Trafford.
British daily The Telegraph has reported that Manchester United are set to make discreet moves to find out whether Guardiola can be tempted away from Bayern Munich. Having sacked David Moyes and put Ryan Giggs in temporary charge until the end of the season, United must now identify the club’s long-term successor.
Holland national team coach Louis van Gaal is desperate to land the Old Trafford job, but United have been made aware Jurgen Klopp is not interested in the post. Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone has admirers at United, but the Argentine’s lack of English fluency is a major drawback.
Telegraph reports that before making a firm approach to Van Gaal, Simeone or another candidate, United are set to make discreet moves to find out whether or not Guardiola could be tempted away from Bayern Munich.
Moyes’ departure was met by a statement thanking the manager’s “hard work, honesty and integrity,” a trio of attributes that were unable to save the former Everton boss his job. It seems United are looking for tactical nuance, ambition and creativity as the team moves forward.
Exactly one year before Moyes’ sacking, United captured their final title under Sir Alex Ferguson—a fate decided by Robin van Persie’s delicious hat-trick against Aston Villa—but there has been little for fans to get excited about afterwards.
Since then, Guardiola eased Bayern to the Bundesliga crown with a confident start in Germany. His champions also remain in Europe and have a DFB Pokal Cup final against Borussia Dortmund to look forward to, highlighting the extremity of Guardiola’s success, despite this being his first year in charge.
However, such a move would be a long-shot, as Guardiola is only 12 months into the three-year deal he signed at Bayern last summer. The Spaniard has already guided the German club to the Bundesliga title and faces Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night.
After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola spent a year-long sabbatical in New York and improved his English. The 43-year-old has confirmed he would like to eventually manage in the Premier League.
Ahead of Bayern’s Champions League quarter-final, Guardiola revealed he may have been offered the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager before Moyes was given the job, but could not fully understand the Scotsman’s accent.
Going by the words of Telegraph report itself, the move really is a “long shot” at the moment. Bayern management is definitely not going to consider any offer for their talisman provided it offers ridiculous amount of money.