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Sir Alex Ferguson On Moyes, Guardiola, Pogba, Thomas Muller, Chec, Balotelli And More

Sir Alex Ferguson on Moyes, Guardiola, Pogba, Thomas Muller, Chec,  Balotelli and more

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Updated Sep 24, 2015

FORMER Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Pep Guardiola, and not David Moyes, was his first choice to succeed him at the helm of Old Trafford.

“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,” Ferguson wrote. “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.

“When we started the process of looking for my replacement, we established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable.

“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 Madrid.

“We also knew that Jürgen Klopp was happy at Borussia Dortmund and would be signing a new contract. Meantime, Louis van Gaal had undertaken to lead the Dutch attempt to win the 2014 World Cup.”

So Moyes it was. This is just one of many revelations to come from the book, which is out now.


“There are one or two football agents I simply do not like. And Mino Raiola, Paul Pogba’s agent, is one of them. I distrusted him from the moment I met him.

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