Rio Ferdinand begs Man United to hire Pep Guardiola while they still can

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has heaped more pressure on manager Louis van Gaal by claiming that the club must move for Pep Guardiola while there’s a chance of actually getting him, according to the Daily Mirror.

With United on a five-game winless streak, the Dutchman is coming under even more scrutiny, and has left fans disillusioned with his unexciting brand of football.

And with Guaridola set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the current season, Ferdinand believes United should put a move into practice to bring him to Old Trafford before somebody else beats them to it.

“It doesn’t matter what club you’re at. 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.”

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