Man United urged to appoint Pep Guardiola as Louis van Gaal’s replacement

Michael Gray says Manchester United need to appoint Pep Guardiola as their next manager

Manchester United need to steal a march on their rivals and appoint Pep Guardiola as their next manager, according to Michael Gray.

The Red Devils dropped down to fifth place in the Premier League table following a 2-1 loss to promoted side Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Guardiola has been linked with Van Gaal’s position in recent weeks after it emerged that the Spaniard will step down as Bayern Munich’s manager at the end of the season.

However, United are thought to be competing with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City for the 44-year-old’s signature.

And former Celtic and Sunderland defender Gray urged United to act or risk losing Guardiola to their bitter derby rivals.

The 20-time English champions are already nine points behind surprise leaders Leicester City after their fourth defeat of the season so far.

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