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.
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.