Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged the club to try and appoint Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola is thought to be close to announcing his future, with the Spaniard expected to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Manchester City are the favourites to be Guardiola’s next job but, with Louis van Gaal struggling at Old Trafford, Ferdinand believes United would be foolish not to try and tempt Pep.
“It doesn’t matter what club you’re at. If someone of the talent of Guardiola becomes available, everyone is interested,” Ferdinand said.
“The best manager in the world at the moment is definitely Guardiola and, when he becomes available, people are going to be interested, and I think United are no different. I just think, ‘Where’s he going to go?’ and the only place he can go is England. He’s not going to go to Italy.
“Guardiola has been in two of the three best leagues in the world and the next progression, naturally, is going to be the Premier League. He’s going to be going to a Premier League team and he won’t be going to another one after that. So you have one chance to get him.
“He’s not going to go to Manchester City and then go to United. He’s not going to go to Chelsea and then to United. So you’ve got one chance to get the best manager on the planet.”
Quite whether Ferdinand is right about Pep managing two teams in the same country remains to be seen, but his point is certainly valid. If United let Guardiola slip by through a misguided loyalty to Van Gaal, Ed Woodward and his hierarchy want running out of town.