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Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Guardiola to replace him

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Pep Guardiola was his first choice to succeed him as Manchester United manager.

Ferguson met Guardiola during a brief holiday in New York in September 2012, when the former Barcelona coach was enjoying a sabbatical in the States.

Four months later, Bayern Munich announced Guardiola would replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, forcing United to resort to other candidates.

Ferguson insists Jose Mourinho had agreed to return to Chelsea, despite reports to the contrary, and other alternatives, such as Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp, were unattainable.

"I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club but he didn't and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013," Ferguson writes in the book, Leading.


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