Date: 7th September 2012 at 2:16am
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" Wait till you see the boy Bebe in action, you'll forget all about Messi"

" Wait till you see the boy Bebe in action, you'll forget all about Messi"

We’ve all done it, sat around with our mates, making a case as to who should succeed the greatest manager of all time when he finally decides he’s had enough of dominating football and is finally going to spend a bit more time with Cathy.

The names most of my mates suggest start and end in Special One, while those ‘thinking outside the box’ – I know I’m sorry, next thing you know I’ll be saying things like “proactive” and “blue sky ideas”- they suggest David Moyes, while the safe option is usually touted as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer- safe in the fact no one really argues with it too much due to his legendary status.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor doesn’t need much on his CV, just- deep breath now- the ability to manage at the top level, a decent relationship with the current United boss- we all know Fergie’s going to have a massive say in who takes over from him- a penchant for playing football the right way, the ability to be media savvy and he’ll also need to be well respected by all the players.

Pep Guardiola fits all of the above criteria and then some. Unlike Jose Mourinho, there’s no problem with the media, nor is there the affiliation with Chelsea which may cause a problem in convincing him to come to Old Trafford, Ole for all his merits has never been in charge of anything close to the size of United’s first team, while Moyes doesn’t have the CL knowledge, or the experience of playing football in the style United now seem to be heading.

Players such as Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley seem a perfect fit for the tina-taka style that Guardiola all but invented – or at the very least perfectly mastered it- and you have a feeling he could also take Chicharito and Danny Welbeck to another level.

The reason for all this excitement regarding the only football manager who could feasibly walk from the dugout onto a catwalk without changing his clobber, are reports from Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo which claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up Guardiola as his replacement, “if” and admittedly it’s a big “if” this turns out to be true, I for one would not be complaining.

Is Guardiola the man to replace Sir Alex? If not who? Feel free to comment, suggest and abuse below:

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33 responses to “‘Pep Guardiola To United?’ Say It Is So!”

  1. Jason says:

    The problem with guardiola is that despite his successes you have to ask how much of this was due to him. He’s basically implemented Cruyff’s system with a team of players that were chosen by the club. So how much of their success is attributable to him? Maybe he is an incredible manager but I’m not convinced and I would point out that Barcelona are 3 from 3 this season despite the fact that the new manager is a new entity (at that level).

  2. rodrigo says:

    we need a guy that wants to settle 10 or more years at manchester, and guardiola gets tired..

    • Karthik says:

      Hahaha Thats right!! How can you be tired after three years of coaching – I used to research in google if even a player has done that before?? Sorry Pep – Coaching a national team is the best for you!!

  3. John Tring says:

    I don’t know where this originated but even if remotely factual, that would be the best piece of good news for Utd fans in a long time. We missed out on JM as SAF decided to hang around after 10-11 season… _Please …the powers-to-be, Do what you can some more to get PG come over to OT. 14 trophies incl 2 CL, 3 Spanish Titles in 4 seasons: need we say more? By Comparison, SAF had 2 CL titles and 12 league titles in 26 years…do your own maths, guys. SAF is the past, PG is the present and future of Utd. Period. DO NOT MISS THE BOAT. Again.

  4. Kashere2011 says:

    Pep is a great manager and can excel in the premier league,there isn’t any daught about him wearing the legendary shoe of saf. Welcome pep ,to Man utd. GGMU.

  5. manu of man U says:

    Guardiola is the man!

  6. chrisaus88 says:

    David Moyes gets my vote. with Ole as assistant if he’ll take it.

  7. David Olabamire says:

    If Guardiola comes to united, am sure united wil reign another 12years out of 20year leagues to come. But for me, I dont think this news is true. I think United management will prefer Ole or Giggs as replacement.

  8. Red Devil says:

    Guardiola would be a perfect fit for United.
    He has achieved almost everything in football and that experience would serve United well.
    Mourinho was my choice of 2 years ago but Sir Bobby Charlton has a dislike of the man and who would oppose Sir Bobby’s wishes?
    Moyes is well short of the class of manager for United in my book. Yes he has worked wonders on a shoestring budget at Everton but hey, this is United we are talking about not Everton!
    Solskjaer would make a good number 2 to Guardiola as he knows the club inside out and would make the transition for SAF to Pep easy to do.
    So Guardiola for me but Sir Alex as usual will no doubt have the last say of who and of when!

  9. Legend(Giggs) says:

    I prefer Ryan Giggs, Pep was given a chance at Barca at a young age, why not give Giggsy a chancce coz he know so much about Uniteed, the culture, our style of play.
    I wont say no to Guardiola but my only problem with Pep is lack of stamina, he quickly get depressed when things dont go right, he is like Mourinho, when they win everything, they lack motivation for more and they change clubs.
    At United we are used to have a long term manager and Sir Alex never gets enough of winning trophies and the same cant be said of Mourinho and Pep but Giggs has won so much with United and yet still hungry for more, he will do the same as a manager, he already has that mentality to win and win and win.
    We dont want managers who win all in one season then quit coz they won it all, Barca will cum for Pep soon as Joan Laporta returns, Mourinho is a football whore, he will want to coach Bayern Munich too and possibly PSG just to be called the ONLY ONE.

  10. kc says: