Manchester United fans may not want to think of it, but we do enjoy sometimes wondering who will ultimately replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, and Neil Custis of The Sun has a rumour that leads you to believe that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is the first choice.
Custis understands the Manchester United manager flew out to New York with his wife for a pre-Christmas break, and whilst doing so held a meeting with Pep Guardiola – the third meeting of this kind we are led to believe.
It remains unclear as to whether Fergie – who turns 71 on New Years eve – will extend his 26-year-run at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.
Guardiola is available having left Barcelona at the end of last season, and the Manchester United job is understood to be the one he wants the most, although Bayern Munich and Chelsea both want the Spaniard.
He is also thought to be United’s first choice, ahead of Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Everton’s David Moyes, although the latter is understood to be highly thought of by both the Manchester United board and Sir Alex.
Mourinho is expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, but many at Old Trafford remain unsure, including club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
Charlton recently said of Mourinho: “He’s a really good coach but that’s as far as I’d go.”