Manchester United have categorically denied that officials from the club met with Pep Guardiola in Paris last week.
Reports emanating from France Football suggested Man United met with Guardiola in Hotel Bristol in Paris, a meeting which would have no doubt discussed a potential move to Old Trafford if it happened.
However, United have taken a firm stance and refuted claims they met with Guardiola in a move which not many will be overly surprised by.
Attempting (badly) to avoid the narrative that United fans want Guardiola to join so will believe any news that comes out, the club will of course deny any meetings taking place at this stage. There’s no need to be public at any conversations at this point with everything so up in the air.
As for the club denying things, I’m pretty sure they said David Moyes was safe in his job not long before he was sacked, so the sceptics will always see club denials in this light. Not to mention how much it would undermine Louis van Gaal and Guardiola in their current positions, a move which could jeopardise any potential move and United for the rest of the season.
This is the first time that United have had a direct link to Guardiola come out in the press, other than speculation and linking him with the job. It’s about time really. For me, he’s the ideal candidate to replace Louis van Gaal and actually lay foundations on which the long-term success of the club can be built on, so it would be madness to overlook him.