Manchester United have had an inconsistent start to the new season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United are, once again, going through a rocky period under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian is the fourth manager they’ve appointed since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. And things could have worked out extremely differently had they been successful in appointing Pep Guardiola.
In 2013, Ferguson steered United to the Premier League title.
But it was to be a parting gift, with the Scot then retiring after deciding to spend more time with his family.
In the years since, United have fallen. And, these days, it’s Solskjaer who has the job of steering them back to the top.
Things under the Norwegian have been rocky of late, however. With the club failing to win four of their last six matches across all competitions, questions are being asked again.
And life at United would have been extremely different had they been able to acquire Guardiola’s services back in 2013.
These days, the Spaniard is working wonders at Manchester City.
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He’s won three Premier League titles at the Etihad Stadium, as well as four Carabao Cup trophies and the FA Cup in 2019.
But, had a phone call with Ferguson gone differently, he’d have taken over at Old Trafford in 2013 instead.
The Scot, writing in his autobiography Leading, said: “I had dinner with Pep Guardiola in New York in 2012, but couldn’t make him any direct proposal because retirement was not on my agenda at that point.
“He had already won an enviable number of trophies with Barcelona…and I admired him greatly.
“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 also revealed why Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal weren’t pursued, either.
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“When we started the process of looking for my replacement, we established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable,” he said.
“It became apparent that Jose Mourinho had given his word to Roman Abramovich that he would return to Chelsea, and that Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him at Real. “Brinkwire Summary News”.