Pep Guardiola — the evolving mastermind behind two of the most dominant teams in Europe today, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has indicated that he would like to take over the reigns at Manchester United next. .

Josep Guardiola’s managerial contract at Bayern Munich expires next summer and the Spaniard has refused to confirm whether he will be staying with the club or moving on in search of a new challenge. This has fueled a tidal wave of speculation about the next step in the career of one of the most decorated and sought after mangers in European football.

While so far the rumor mill has been abuzz with stories of Guardiola’s imminent move to Manchester City, it looks like the manager himself is more in favor of a move to crosstown rivals Manchester United FC.

“Pep Guardiola is understood to see Manchester United as his preferred option when he makes his next move, potentially next summer, which would give the club a decision to make as to whether they part company with Louis van Gaal.”, according to The Telegraph.

The man for the job

Louis Van Gaal’s stint at Manchester United hasn’t yielded outstanding results yet and his method of play has attracted much criticism from fans, former players and TV pundits. With a pay off clause of A?7 million going into his final season at the club next year, it is not inconceivable that the board might like to bring in another coach to get Manchester United back to winning ways.

Guardiola has one of the best track records of any European manager, with a win percentage of more than 70 per cent in both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in a combined 6 years at the two clubs so far. The Spaniard has not denied or confirmed these reports and it remains to be seen how this one plays out.