Had things gone differently for Manchester United, it could have been them facing Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League tomorrow evening.
Instead, it is their conquerors Bayern Munich, whose coach Pep Guardiola today responded to a question regarding the recently vacated manager's post at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard was believed by many to be the ideal replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, but the ex-Barca man had agreed to take over at the Allianz Arena long before the Scot made his shock announcement.
But could Guardiola make the move 12 months later? Not if his response at Tuesday's press conference is anything to go by.
"I am here. I am Bayern. I will stay two more years here making my job. I feel our team can improve," Guardiola said.
"I need more time to feel, really, this is my team," he added. "I want to stay."
As if that was not affirmative enough, Bayern's press officer then reportedly chimed in with this beauty:
"Tell the people in England, 'No chance'!"
So there you have it. Yet another ideal candidate rules himself out of the race, joining Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti in doing so.
Now, surely, all signs point to Louis van Gaal...
Guardiola on the United job: "I am here, I am Bayern, I will stay two more years here making my job. I feel our team can improve."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 22, 2014
Guardiola: "I need more time to feel, really, this is my team. Absolutely Bayern is my team. But I feel we can improve. I want to stay."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 22, 2014