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How Poor English made Pep Guardiola miss out Manchester United Job
How Poor English made Pep Guardiola miss out Manchester United Job

Pep Guardiola has finally revealed why he missed out the chance to coach Manchester United because his English as at that time was very poor.

It was widely reported that the former Barcelona coach spoke with the United’s former boss Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012 prior to his retirement but ended up heading to England at Manchester City in 2016 instead.

Pep Guardiola who was taking a 12-month sabbatical leave at the time after quitting his position at Barcelona and discussed and according to how he understood, only discussed all things football with Ferguson. He said he never spotted an invitation to head to Old Trafford.

While speaking to reporters on his meeting with Ferguson:

“My English in that period was not as good as it is right now – and so maybe I just didn’t understand what Sir Alex told me.

“We met in a magnificent restaurant for dinner and I think he has said he suggested to me something about going to Old Trafford.

“But I really don’t remember that. We spoke about life, about football, about the Premier League, I remember.

“But there was no message sent to me under the table about United. I think I would remember that.

“It was just two friends, two colleagues in football, talking about many, many things.

“What I do remember was that Sir Alex spoke really fast and it was difficult to understand him.

“But it was nice because he chose an amazing restaurant – and of course he paid!”

“In that period I had already talked to Bayern ­Munich and it was clear to me that I was going to experience Germany.

“Bayern Munich were the first club to call me, and then ­Manchester City, but I had already decided to try to prove myself in Germany and live that experience.

“After that, from almost the day I arrived, Manchester City asked me again and I said that if I went to the Premier League I would go to them.

“I spoke to [City chairman] ­Khaldoon [Al Mubarak] and [City director of football] Txiki ­[Begiristain] again during my last period in Bayern Munich and they showed more ­interest than any other club to pick me up.

“That was so important to me – and believe me, I don’t have any regrets.”

Guardiola men ‘Manchester City’ will play against a team he would have been coaching at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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