Jamie Carragher: Why Man United must appoint Pep Guardiola

Jamie Carragher says Manchester United must compete with Manchester City to appoint Pep Guardiola as their next manager

Jamie Carragher has urged Manchester United to compete with Manchester City to appoint Pep Guardiola as their next manager.

The Bayern Munich head coach’s future has been a source of relentless speculation this week after it was reported that Guardiola will leave the Bundesliga champions at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

So now the best manager around is available, why not push for him?

Jamie Carragher

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all thought to be interested in the former Barcelona manager’s services, with the Citizens reported to be leading the race to appoint Guardiola as Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement.

City are thought to be leading the race to appoint Guardiola as Pellegrini’s future at The Etihad continues to look in doubt, whilst Louis van Gaal’s United outfit are winless in their last five games in all competitions.

And former Liverpool defender Carragher believes United would be foolish not to make an attempt to lure one of the world’s best managers to Old Trafford, particularly in light of interest from their derby rivals.

“Can they let Pep Guardiola turn up across town without a fight? Can Manchester United really afford to let Manchester City land him unopposed?” Carragher told the Daily Mail.

“It seems madness that United are going to let their bitterest rivals recruit the world’s most in-demand coach, and that man is Guardiola.”

Carragher added: “I compare this situation to what happens when a top player comes on the market. If Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Robert Lewandowski were for sale, United would want to sign them. So now the best manager around is available, why not push for him?”

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The former Barcelona midfielder has been in charge of Bayern since 2013.

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