New Delhi: Pep Guardiola said that he wants to manage Manchester United at some point in his career. According to a new book on the Spaniard's first season at Bayern Munich, Guardiola had admitted to being enthralled by the atmosphere and set-up at Old Trafford.
Written by his close friend and sports journalist, Marti Perarnau, “In Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich” chronicles the former Barcelona manager's title winning first season at Allianz Arena.
In the book, Perarnau claims that while watching a Champions League match in 2011 at Old Trafford, Guardiola was impressed by United and was quoted saying to his personal assistant Manuel Estiarte, “I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day”.
Guardiola was indeed linked to United, as a replacement for the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson and also after his hand-picked heir David Moyes was sacked within a season. But the Spaniard instead move to Germany following a year-long sabbatical, where he is contracted till the end of 2016.
Perarnau further claims in the book that, Guardiola had already agreed a move to Bayern Munich in December 2012, even before Ferguson had announced his retirement. United, on the other hand, roped in highly rated Dutch manager Louis van Gaal after the debacle with Moyes.
Besides, the chronicle also mentions Guardiola meeting with his ex-colleague, Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City's director football in New York and Russian oligarch and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in Paris during his break.
But, Guardiola opted for Bayern and eventually replaced Jupp Heynckes, who had just helped the German club to an unprecedented treble of domestic league, domestic cup and continental cup.