Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said that the club must go after manager Pep Guardiola in the summer if he leaves Bayern Munich.
Guardiola is believed to leave the German champions after this season (his decision is said to be announced on Saturday) and Ferdinand believes this might be the only chance for United to sign the Spaniard.
“It doesn’t matter what club you’re at,” Ferdinand told the Mirror. “If someone of the talent of Guardiola becomes available, everyone is interested,” said Ferdinand.
“The best manager in the world at the moment is definitely Guardiola and, when he becomes available, people are going to be interested, and I think United are no different.
“I just think, ‘Where’s he going to go?’ and the only place he can go is England. He’s not going to go to Italy.
“Guardiola has been in two of the three best leagues in the world and the next progression, naturally, is going to be the Premier League. He’s going to be going to a Premier League team and he won’t be going to another one after that. So you have one chance to get him.
“He’s not going to go to Manchester City then [go to] United. He’s not going to go to Chelsea, then United. So you’ve got one chance to get the best manager on the planet.”
Ferdinand has been critical of current United manager Louis van Gaal for not doing a good enough of a job during his second season in charge.
“United aren’t far off the top, but it’s not been exciting,” Ferdinand said. “It doesn’t excite when you go and watch them at the moment.
“When Van Gaal took over, they’d finished seventh. Last season there was progression. This season, in terms of the way the team’s playing, I don’t see great progression.
“Guardiola’s teams play possession-based football — I witnessed it. I played against Barcelona in two Champions League finals — but they play possession football with a purpose. That purpose was that, at any time, if there were any openings to hurt you, they went for it.
“That’s the difference between them and United. They [Guardiola’s teams] play possession-based football, but can excite you with moments as well.”