Bayern boss Pep Guardiola tight-lipped on Man United job offer
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola refuses to confirm whether he was offered the Manchester United post last term
Pep Guardiola has remained tight-lipped on whether Sir Alex Ferguson wanted the Spaniard to become the next Manchester United manager last season.
The Bayern Munich manager’s side face the defending Premier League at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Maybe I didn’t understand if I received an offer or not!
The former Barcelona head coach was heavily linked with the Red Devils position during his year-long hiatus before accepting the Bayern post in January 2013.
Ferguson’s successor David Moyes has endured a miserable first season in charge of the Red Devils, with United currently 17 points behind leaders Liverpool.
When asked to confirm if a formal offer was made, Guardiola replied: “”He [Ferguson] invited me to a super restaurant.
“We had a very good time but my English is not so good, so when Sir Alex spoke quickly I didn’t understand him. Maybe I didn’t understand if I received an offer or not!
“It was a friendly dinner, like always he has with me. He was so gentle and we spend a very good time together.”
Pre-match facts: Man United v Bayern Munich
• Bayern came out on top when the sides met at this same stage of the 2009/10 competition. In the first leg, Louis van Gaal’s men came from behind to win 2-1 after Franck Ribery (77) and Ivica Olić (90+2) overturned a first-minute goal by Wayne Rooney.
• United raced into a 3-0 lead in the second leg – Darron Gibson (4) and Nani (7, 41) scoring – but were edged out on away goals after Olić (43) and Arjen Robben (74) hit back for Bayern. The home side played the last 40 minutes with ten men after Rafael’s red card.
• Five-time winners Bayern are looking for a third successive Uefa Champions League semi-final appearance while United, European champions three times, were last in the semi-finals in 2011.
• United have won all four home fixtures in this season’s competition – their best sequence since their triumphant 2007/08 campaign when they won six out of six.