After the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013, Manchester United were presented with the biggest decision they’d made in years as they somehow looked to replace the great Scotsman. They took Ferguson’s advice and appointed Everton’s David Moyes as their new manager, but it was a disaster, with the former Preston boss only lasting until April.
As soon as Moyes was sacked, it was clear who United would target. Louis van Gaal was the best candidate, and it was no surprise when he was appointed as the club’s first ever foreign manager in May, just before he guided the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.
There was never really any wavering from United on who would replace Moyes, though some bookmakers had former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola down as a front runner despite only being at Bayern Munich for a year. The Spaniard is considered to be one of the great modern managers, and having won all there is to win at Barcelona, he’s now trying to do the same thing in Germany.
Guardiola even took a trip to Old Trafford last season to take on United in the Champions League, and he admits in the new book Pep Confidential, which documents his first season in the Bundesliga, that he could see himself managing United in the future.
“I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day,” he is quoted as saying.
Van Gaal’s contract at Old Trafford runs until 2017, and it has largely been assumed that his assistant Ryan Giggs will take the reigns when he leaves. Yet Guardiola’s revelation that he may be interested in a future role at United could change matters – somewhat interesting given that Guardiola played under van Gaal at Barcelona, and both have managed Barca and Bayern in hugely successful careers.