France Football have caused a huge stir on Thursday night by reporting that Manchester United officials met with Pep Guardiola last week in Paris.
Thierry Marchand, a journalist for France Football, said a meeting took place last week in Hotel Bristol in Paris. Seeing as Pep was away in Doha on a winter training camp with Bayern Munich until Wednesday night, the meeting would have been late last week.
All the news around Guardiola and Manchester so far has involved City but it looks like United are finally sticking their oar in where they should.
If the meeting did indeed take place then it at least shows United aren’t going to lie flat on their back and let one of the world’s best managers walk into City without even batting an eyelid.
Guardiola has made it clear he wants to manage in England, has left his options open and now the clubs have got to make their move. Hopefully this is just the beginning of the Guardiola to United narrative and we see it develop strongly as the season goes on.
For me, there is no better replacement for Louis van Gaal than Pep Guardiola.