Thursday 8 December 2016

Manchester United have no interest in Pep Guardiola - reports

Published 06/01/2016 | 12:13

Pep Guardiola wishes to move to England when he leaves Bayern Munich this summer
Pep Guardiola wishes to move to England when he leaves Bayern Munich this summer

Manchester United have again denied that they have any interest in recruiting Pep Guardiola, who is expected to take over at their rivals Manchester City next summer.

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Reports last month had suggested that United opened talks with Guardiola's representatives last month, but they have been denied by Old Trafford officials, who have stressed that the two-time Champions League winner is not on their radar.

United were unequivocal in their stance that Guardiola was not a candidate to succeed current boss Louis van Gaal at the start of December, as they retain faith in the Dutchman who has a contract to remain as manager at Old Trafford until the summer of 2017.

Now the Manchester Evening News are among those reporting that United chiefs are keen to end speculation that they could be in the running to hire Guardiola, as they suspect his move to City is already agreed.

A slump in results for United in recent weeks appeared to put Van Gaal on the brink of the sack in late December, but the veteran Dutchman appears to have ridden out the storm as United prepare for this weekend's FA Cup tie against Sheffield United.

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Many United supporters were hoping that their club would succeed to securing the services of Guardiola, who has confirmed he is leaving Bayern Munich at the end of this season to take up a role in England.

While the former Barcelona boss claimed on Tuesday that he has not signed a deal with any club for next season, there is a widespread expectation that he has an agreement in place to join City.

That may explain why United have again stressed they are not pursuing Guardilola, with Old Trafford chiefs determined to stand behind Van Gaal and give him every opportunity to turn his side's fortunes around.

Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Guardiola, but it seems increasingly likely that his next destination with be to become Manuel Pellegrini's successor at Manchester City.

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