Since his memorable 2008/09 debut season as Barcelona’s manager, the Spanish tactician has been widely acclaimed as one of world football’s best managers.
The legendary Barca team won the treble and he won another Champions League title in 2010.11, with more success at Bayern Munich.
There was some talk that Man Utd was interested in Guardiola during their search for the right successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. But Romano insists that it wasn’t anything advanced. Romano wrote in an exclusive column for CaughtOffside via Substack that although the managers did meet at that time, it was normal for the best coaches of the game to have a chat.
: “Before the Manchester Derby, I had many questions about Guardiola’s relationship with Old Trafford. Romano stated that it’s something that has been subject to a lot speculation over the years. “What’s the truth?” Romano asked.
: “Honestly, it wasn’t anything big or advanced. Guardiola admitted to having met with Sir Alex Ferguson in 2014. However, it is normal for top managers and top teams in football to have these conversations.
“Ferguson always rated Guardiola highly, but Pep was very transparent in all stages and choices throughout his career. It wasn’t something that was close at any stage.”
Guardiola’s Manchester City team take on the Red Devils today in Manchester Derby. This promises to be an exciting clash against Erik ten Hag. Guardiola will face Ten Hag,
, for the fourth time since he assumed control of City in 2016. He has also faced Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as Ralf Rangnick, who is currently acting as caretaker manager.
Ten Hag will be the fourth United manager Guardiola has faced since he took over at City in 2016, having also come up against Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.