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Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Pep Guardiola

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Ex-Manchester United manager reveals FC Barcelona boss was his number-one target

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he wanted Pep Guardiola to replace him at Old Trafford before the Spaniard joined Bayern Munich.

In an extract from his book, Ferguson admitted that he met up with Guardiola in 2012 to discuss about possibly taking over from him at Old Trafford once he chose to retire.

However, Guardiola, who had just left Barcelona, eventually agreed to take over from Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich, leaving United looking for plan-B.

Plan-B

After losing out on Guardiola, Ferguson revealed that Jose Mourinho was considered at one point, but he then agreed to re-join Chelsea after leaving Real Madrid.

Fergie went on to say Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal were not available at the time and eventually the club chose David Moyes from Everton.

“I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn’t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013,” Ferguson wrote.

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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