Peter Schmeichel: Why Man United shouldn’t appoint Pep Guardiola
Peter Schmeichel explains why he wouldn't want Manchester United to appoint Pep Guardiola
Peter Schmeichel says he wouldn’t want Manchester United to appoint Pep Guardiola as their manager in the future.
The Bayern Munich manager has been touted as a candidate to succeed Louis van Gaal when the Dutchman calls time on his Old Trafford career.
Guardiola has led Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga crowns, whilst the Spaniard won the treble with Barcelona in 2009.
However, former United goalkeeper Schmeichel isn’t a fan of Guardiola’s rigid style of play, claiming that Bayern are less exciting under the former Barcelona midfielder.
“This is my biggest fear that someone like Pep Guardiola will become the next Manchester United manager,” Schmeichel is quoted as saying.
“Guardiola has a way of playing, he has a system and he sticks to that. He has changed Bayern Munich from what I thought was a fantastic treble-winning team under Jupp Heynckes.
“[They played] quick football, through the middle, using the width of the pitch, but they were passing the ball and killing everyone they played against.
“He started to make them pass the ball sideways and I don’t think they are as exciting as what they were.”
Guardiola’s Bayern side face Arsenal in the Champions League at Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola: Fact-file
• Known as ‘Pep’, he came up through Barcelona’s youth ranks to win six Spanish Liga titles, one European Champion Clubs’ Cup, a Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup and two Copa del Rey trophies from 1990 to 2001. Also had spells with Brescia, Roma, al-Ahly in Doha and Mexico’s Dorados de Sinola before ending his playing career in 2006. Won 40 caps and Olympic footballing gold with Spain in 1992, but missed the 1998 and 2002 Fifa World Cups through injury.
• Having coached Barcelona’s B team, he took charge of the senior side in 2008 and won the Uefa Champions League, Spanish Liga and Copa del Rey in his first season. In the process he became the sixth man to have lifted the European Cup as player and coach.
• That was just the beginning of a glorious four-season spell which yielded 14 trophies. In his second campaign, Guardiola steered Barcelona to a second Liga title as well as the Spanish and Uefa Super Cups and the Fifa Club World Cup. Even more sucess followed in 2010/11 as Barcelona completed a hat-trick of Spanish titles and, for the second time under Guardiola, got the better of Manchester United in the Uefa Champions League final.
• In his final season, 2011/12, Guardiola’s team won the Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup once more before he signed off his reign with a second Copa del Rey triumph.
• After a year’s break, Guardiola took charge of Bayern in June 2013, replacing Jupp Heynckes at the helm. In his first campaign he collected the Super Cup, Fifa Club World Cup, German Cup and, with a record seven games to spare, the Bundesliga title. He secured his second successive Bundesliga title by ten points the following season, but Bayern were knocked out by Guardiola’s old club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.