Forget Van Gaal! Manchester United must wait for Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

If there was one deal better than Toni Kroos this summer, it would be for the Red Devils to somehow tempt his manager Pep Guardiola to Old Trafford instead.

Pep Guardiola to Manchester United, sounds impossible, right? Perhaps it is not entirely a thought in the realm of fantasy.

The Spaniard issued a curt warning to his critics, insisting that if Bayern Munich do not like his way of doing things, he will have no trouble walking away from the club.

Critics have piled into the Spaniard after three domestic games without a win, despite the fact Bayern have already been crowned champions.

Guardiola gave his thoughts, indicating that should the German club must either take him or leave him.

"I tell myself 'Pep, calm down'. You're here to do your job as best you can and my greatest talent is to work, work, work".

"I am here to help and if the club don't want that, we'll shake hands, no problem for me".

Since day one Guardiola has had to deal with having to replace the irreplaceable Jupp Heyckes, and satisfy the triage of former players in positions of power at the club, Matthias Sammer, Karl-Heinz Rumminegge, and Franz Beckenbauer.

Just last month Der Kaiser himself, Beckenbauer, blasted Guardiola's style of play, stating: "This will end with us resembling Barcelona and nobody will want to watch us.

"We risk boring the fans. These players are being told to pass the ball right up to the goal-line."

Guardiola walked away from Barcelona, fed up with board level interference. His stark warning will underline his preparation to do the same, and with one major trophy already under his belt, the Spaniard could still claim to have been successful whatever happens between now and the end of the campaign.

For Manchester United, a side desperately clamouring in public to stay loyal to the under-performing David Moyes despite rumours to the contrary - surely they would fire the Scot in an instance if it meant they could acquire Pep Guardiola.

Signing Toni Kroos then, would be even easier.

We would not expect such a combustion between Guardiola and Bayern to occur so soon as this summer, despite his strong stance.

But just one year into a three year deal, don't be surprised if he decides not to renew in two years time, or even end his deal 12 months early next summer should further differences of opinion arise.

By which time David Moyes may well have worn out the patience of even his most loyal backer in the United boardroom, and made bringing in a replacement even more inevitable than it is now.

The Red Devils must sit tight, and wait it out, and make sure when the Spaniard walks away from Bayern, they are the only job he considers next.

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