Ferguson lining up Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola as Manchester United replacement

Sir Alex Ferguson already has an eye on his successor at Manchester United and reportedly favours Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to take over at Old Trafford.

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68-year-old Ferguson has been in charge at Manchester United for almost a quarter of a century and although he shows little sign of stepping aside at the moment, according to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo, he is considering his successor and would like to see Pep Guardiola take over the Manchester United hot seat.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Ferguson “very much appreciates Pep’s virtues both on the bench and off it” and views Guardiola as “an ideal coach to perpetuate and enhance the attacking style of the United team”.

At 39-years-old, Guardiola would not appear to be the type of candidate that Ferguson envisages succeeding him.  Yesterday, Sir Alex commented that “I don’t think Manchester United could ever go down the road of having a young manager, to be honest with you”.

Despite his relative youth, Guardiola has been a massive success since taking over at the Nou Camp in 2008.  Under his guidance, Barcelona have won plenty of silverware in significant style, including two Spanish titles, the Spanish Cup and of course the Champions League.

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