United continue to court Guardiola

Manchester United are still hoping to convince Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford when the Dutchman retires at the end of next season. Despite the theory that Van Gaal is grooming United legend Ryan Giggs to take over the manager’s job for when he leaves, it’s believed that the decision makers at Old Trafford are still attempting to lure the Spaniard to a club he has been linked with countless times over the years. Despite only arriving at United in the summer of 2014, Van Gaal has never hidden the fact that he plans on retiring in 2017, meaning the club are already looking at potential replacements.












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The Bayern Munich head coach has made it known he is looking to leave the Allianz Arena next summer, with a host of clubs rumoured to be desperate to secure the former Barcelona man’s services. Manchester City had been tipped by many visiting betfair.com to be leading the race for Guardiola, but United’s interest in the two-time Champions League-winning manager could mean the two rivals are now both chasing a man many feel is one of the best coaches in world football.

While Giggs would undoubtedly have the fans’ support if he was the man to take over from LVG, nobody can argue with Guardiola’s achievements as a head coach. After leading Barcelona to two Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns as head coach, the former Spain international made the move to Bayern Munich where he continued his incredible winning record, winning four trophies in his first year in Germany before guiding the club to a second successive Bundesliga title last season.

With both Manchester clubs chasing his signature, it remains to be seen whether it is Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, if either, Guardiola will be moving to when he ends his successful stay in Munich.

Dante wary of cunning Guardiola

Wolfsburg must be wary of Pep Guardiola’s cunning when they visit Bayern Munich on Tuesday, says Dante.

Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Bundesliga meeting, Wolfsburg defender Dante has warned his team-mates that Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is a master of surprises.

Bayern will host Wolfsburg in a clash between last season’s top two in the Bundesliga, with the pair sitting second and third behind leaders Borussia Dortmund after five games this term.

Ex-Bayern man Dante is set to face his former club for the first time since leaving on deadline day, and the centre-back is wary of Guardiola.

Speaking about Guardiola, Dante said: “[There is] always a bit of a surprise.”

After three seasons with Bayern, Dante left for Wolfsburg in August, with plenty of speculation he had been written off by Guardiola.

The Brazil international insists, however, that he has no issues with the former Barcelona coach.

“I have never talked about Pep, but I’m not mad,” Dante said.

Wolfsburg head to the Allianz Arena four points adrift of Dortmund and Bayern, while Last season they finished some 10 points behind Guardiola’s side, and Dante is keen for his new team to keep in touch with the champions early in the 2015-16 campaign.

“We must be very compact, with a lot of aggressive play,” he said. 

“We have to play football, also want to keep the ball.”

Bayern Munich will not win the Bundesliga – Aubameyang

The Bavarians have won three consecutive league titles, but the forward doubts they will make it four in a row

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes his side will end Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance this season.

The Bavarians have won three league titles in a row and have started the current campaign with five wins from as many matches, but are second to Dortmund on goal difference.

Aubameyang has acknowledged Bayern remain the team to beat but is confident of dethroning the reigning champions.

“Bayern are obviously favourites, but we want to make life as difficult as possible,” he told reporters. 

“We have got off to a super start, the euphoria is huge. I think Bayern will not be the champions this year.”

The 26-year-old also revealed his target goal haul for this season, adding: “My goal is to score 20 goals this season. That’s why I made a bet with Thomas Tuchel.”

Aubameyang has scored six in the league so far this season, with a further three coming in the Europa League. He netted 25 in all competitions in 2014-15.

Guardiola: Wolfsburg can challenge Bayern Munich

The former Barcelon boss believes last season’s runners-up have invested enough to join the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke in fighting for the Bundesliga

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola views Wolfsburg as a credible challenger to his club’s recent dominance of German football.

The two sides meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, with Wolfsburg having finished second behind Bayern in the Bundesliga last year before beating the same opponents on penalties in last month’s DFL Super Cup.

Dieter Hecking’s men head into the eagerly anticipated clash four points shy of Bayern, who are level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the summit on the back of five wins from their opening five league games.

“Wolfsburg have invested a lot recently. People wanted a competitor for Bayern and not just they are there,” Guardiola told a press conference, before listing Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke alongside Wolfsburg and Dortmund as title contenders.

“We know [Wolfsburg’s] quality and their style of play. But, as usual, it’s all about the three points.”

Guardiola, who confirmed that striker Robert Lewandowski will be available once more after recovering from an ankle problem, is also looking forward to a reunion with Dante.

The Brazilian defender joined Wolfsburg from Bayern in August having lost his starting spot at the Allianz Arena.

“I want my players to be happy,” Guardiola added, reflecting on Dante’s desire to leave.

“I would also be satisfied if he had stayed because he helped me a lot.”

Kahn doubts Vidal will adapt to Bayern

After Franz Beckenbauer’s criticism of the Chilean, the fellow club great revealed he too has doubts over whether the former Juve player will fit in at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn says he is not convinced Arturo Vidal has what it takes to contribute to Pep Guardiola’s side regularly this season.

The Chile international was on target in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Darmstadt, having come in for criticism earlier this week from Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer, who suggested the 28-year-old lacked dynamic movement.

Guardiola leapt to his player’s defence on Friday although Kahn said on Sunday he remains unsure whether Vidal can consistently add to Guardiola’s side.

“It’s all about the right mix within a team,” the former Germany goalkeeper told Sport1.

“When all the players are the same, that can also be problematic, which we have seen in recent years.

“Vidal is a player who relies very much on the physical battles.

“Whether he can really play the combination football of Bayern at the highest level, he has to prove that in the next few weeks.

“‘I’m not 100 per cent sure.”