Spanish football expert Graham Hunter explains why Guardiola wants Manchester United

Forget Manchester City, is Pep Guardiola set on Manchester United?

Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has told The BBC that Pep Guardiola wants to manage Manchester United.

Guardiola is expected to confirm his departure from Bayern Munich next week, planning to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Hunter, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's European Football Show, explained why United are the Spaniard's top choice.

He said: "If the cards fall his way, his wish is to sample life at Manchester United for a variety of reasons."

Hunter added that the reasons include a transfer to Old Trafford that fell through late in his playing career, "the move didn't happen but when he's come back to Manchester subsequently he's looked at the Old Trafford atmosphere, the legends and he has felt 'this is right for me’."

Guardiola has a strong relationship with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, but had already agreed to join Bayern in 2013 when the Scotsman retired from the Red Devils.

He won two Champions League finals against United as a manager in 2009 and 2011, but Ferguson's side did knock Barcelona out of the competition on their way to winning the trophy in 2008.

Hunter's comments are a blow to Manchester City, who The Mirror had earlier reported are hopeful of appointing him in the summer.

City have a large transfer budget, the most expansive academy set up in the Premier League, and have two of Guardiola's close pals working as chief executive and sporting director.

It is hard to think they would have a problem moving Manuel Pellegrini on to get him, while if United miss out because of a misplaced loyalty to Louis van Gaal, it could be a decision their own chief executive Ed Woodward does not recover from.

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