Guardiola taking on Manchester United and Fergie template in Munich

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If Manchester United are to offer Pep Guardiola the manager's job one day, he is about to get the perfect preparation.

Conspiracy theorists have already deduced that Pep Guardiola will take over Manchester United once his Bayern stint is over.

The Spaniard has agreed to a three-year deal at the newly crowned German champions, and many suspect the end of this will coincide nicely with Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Believe it or not, it is at least plausible, with Guardiola spending three seasons with Barcelona before walking away, and Fergie showing absolutely no signs of slowing down just yet.

If it were true, then Guardiola is get the perfect 'dummy run' for that job at Bayern Munich; not that he won't be thinking about anything other than the job at hand, because it will be tougher than many suspect in Germany.

Guardiola's challenge is not to achieve success, but to maintain it. This is where so many managers in football have fallen short. Even Arsene Wenger at Arsenal has been unable to maintain the success he enjoyed over his first seven seasons.

Guardiola will take over from Jupp Heynckes at Bayern, who has overseen a supreme season, one which could end in a glorious treble season.

The job at hand for the Spaniard will be to continue the winning tradition at Bayern, maintain their supreme standards and not allow them to slip. The dynasty must grow stronger, and see off their closest challengers.

It is not at all dissimilar to what he would have to do at Manchester United to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson if he were given the opportunity.

He will undoubtedly be a contender, and a strong one at that; already a two-time Champions League winner. His time at Bayern will give him an ideal chance to add to that tally.

The job at Bayern will be demanding, and Guardiola will make errors, and find successes in differing ways - of which he probably cannot begin to imagine.

It will mean if he does take over from Sir Alex, he will know exactly how he should and shouldn't approach the task of replacing a managerial hero, and trying to keep an established side which he has no connection with, and no Lionel Messi, at the top of their game for years to come.

United fans, do you think Guardiola eventually replace Ferguson?

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