Richard Keys has placed player/coach Ryan Giggs in high esteem - comparable to that of former Barcelona boss and current Bayern Munich manager Guardiola.
If Richard Keys made the decisions at Stretford then erstwhile Manchester United manager David Moyes would not have been released from his contract today but, rather, before the Champions League confrontation with Bayern Munich.
The Scotsman's successor would also have been an internal promotion, with player/coach Ryan Giggs given the nod in order to appease the Welshman who had expressed the notion that he may not only retire at the end of the season, but "leave the club" altogether.
"British coaching needed David Moyes to succeed but United had no choice," blogged Keys on his official website recently.
Commentators and journalists are now profiling Moyes' potential replacements, as United may look to bring in a marquee name with great experience, such as Louis van Gaal.
However, United - argues Keys - must do all they can to keep hold of "the new Pep Guardiola".
He said: "My only surprise is that [United] didn't do it sooner. They can't afford to lose Giggs. He's the 'new' Pep Guardiola."
Keys continued: "United will eventually get it right but it's not a quick fix."