Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern have not had the best of years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Many names had been touted around following the retirement of arguably United’s greatest manager so our barman recalls, the board opted for David Moyes, who had a torrid nine months in charge. Indeed, interestingly enough, United legend SAF apparently offered Pep Guardiola the job prior to his retirement.
Following him, the Red Devils needed a big name to fill the Old Trafford chair, Guardiola had been on a self-imposed sabbatical from football following his departure from Barcelona.
There was no secret Guardiola and Fergie were friends and often spoke, his name was closely linked with the United job, before they chose to go down the Louis Van Gaal route and stuck with him, while Guardiola left Bayern Munich for City after three stunning years in Germany.
The rest, as they say, is history and now Pep seems intent on coming back to haunt Ed Woodward and United. Our punters think that maybe the timing wasn’t right for the Spaniard to take his style of football to England, having to rebuild a team that had crumbled over the year. However, should Woodward have done more to secure the most in-demand manager at the time?
Would United have been back to their dominant self under the stylish manager?
United fans, did the board make a mistake not securing Pep as manager over LVG?