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Video: Football panel call for Manchester United to be ruthless in managerial search

The Sunday Supplement have suggested that Manchester United need to act quickly if they intend on making a change from Louis van Gaal.

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Speaking on Sky Sports, Jason Burt of The Telegraph insisted that the likes of United have to ruthless in the market if Pep Guardiola is available in the summer.

The Spaniard is expected to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season when his contract expires, but according to the Sunday papers as well as the Manchester Evening News, United have already ruled themselves out of the running.

Given the struggles that Van Gaal has been suffering with this season, it would certainly seem like a strange move to make from the Premier League champions.

The Dutchman was greeted with boos and jeers from the Old Trafford faithful on Saturday after his side were held to another goalless draw, this time by West Ham United.

Despite the fact that United sit in fourth place in the table and are just three points adrift of league leaders Leicester City, much has been said about their style of play and their inability to score goals regularly.

As a result, questions have been asked of Van Gaal’s future at the club, although he does have another year remaining on his current deal after this season.

However, if United are to make a change, then they may be well advised to consider Guardiola as an option, or risk missing out on him to one of their domestic rivals, as argued by the Sunday Supplement panel.

With Manchester City and Chelsea also potentially interested, as suggested by The Telegraph, then the decision to turn down the chance to even talk to the Spaniard could be one that the Red Devils regret in time.

Meanwhile, The Express have reported that Carlo Ancelotti has emerged as a legitimate target for the Old Trafford hotseat, and given that United should have arguably moved for the Italian tactician as soon as Sir Alex Ferguson retired, he would seem like a logical appointment if the club are to part company with Van Gaal prematurely.

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