EPL: How Manchester United chose Moyes over Guardiola


Former Manchester United player, Jordi Cruyff has revealed that the club picked David Moyes over Pep Guardiola as their new manager in 2013.

Cruyff, speaking with Sky Sports, claimed Guardiola was considered as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor and was close to getting the job.

“I’ve always felt – not now, but before Guardiola went to Bayern Munich – there was a chance that Manchester United had the chance to go for it.

“I think there was a moment where things were lined up, it was there, but Man United chose someone else. I’m talking many years ago, and he took a different way.

“I think he would have suited a club like Man United many years before. I’m not talking this era, I’m talking five or six years ago, I think.

“There was a moment where things were aligned, that was the moment, and United took a different path,” Cruyff said.

Cruyff said he felt Guardiola “kind of came to a warm bath” when he took over at Manchester City, because his former Barcelona colleagues Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain were there.

“So Guardiola came, the club knew his way of thinking, and he knew their way of thinking.

“Obviously they are on one line from the start. Guardiola arrived at a place where they both knew how things functioned,” he added.


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