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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Back me or sack me: Manchester United on high alert as Pep Guardiola issues ultimatum to Bayern

Published 02/05/2014 | 12:04

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola

Louis van Gaal may face increased competition for the Old Trafford hotseat after Pep Guardiola has told Bayern to back him or sack him.

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Bayern crashed out of Europe after a demoralising home defeat to Real Madrid this week and there have been murmurings of discontent at the club.

Franz Beckenbauer has made some disparaging comments since the Spaniard took over, suggesting this week that all was not well in the camp.

"Bayern are not right," said the 68-year-old. "This is something that we have known for weeks. The disappointment is huge.”

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“I can't change what I feel and what I feel is we must play with the ball and attack as much as possible.”

“The club must decide whether the coach is the right man for this team.”

At his press conference today, the former Barcelona coach has responded with an ultimatum and vowed not to compromise on his footballing principles.

“The club must decide if the coach is the right one for the club,” he said.

“I have my ideas as a coach and that's how my team will play. I must convince the players and coach them that way.”

Van Gaal remains the bookies favourite to take over from David Moyes.

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