Former Manchester United forward Paul Scholes believes Pep Guardiola would not have agreed to become Manchester City manager if he had foreseen the club’s decline in form.
Man City were three points off the top of the table when Guardiola was confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement but they enter the final week of the Premier League without guaranteed Champions League qualification, even if it is likely.
Man United still have the opportunity to pass City if they lose against Swansea City and can beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford this weekend. Speaking about Guardiola’s future, Scholes insists he wouldn’t have come had it been nearer to the end of the campaign.
“It is going to be tricky for Pep if he is coming into a club that is not in the Champions League,” he said.
“If it had been nearer the time, I don’t think he would have come.
“The Guardiola [announcement] didn’t help City at all. It undervalued the manager and the City players packed up.”
While it is important for United focus on getting back to contesting for titles, it is hard not to be envious of Guardiola’s appointment at City.
The two-times Champions League winner Guardiola has enjoyed successful spells with both Bayern Munich and Barcelona but has never managed a side in the Europa League.
His arrival at City could be bad news for United but with Jose Mourinho widely expected to replace the Dutchman at Old Trafford, maybe we’ll find ourselves in the perfect position to compete with Pep.