Rio Ferdinand tells Man United to swoop for Pep Guardiola

Rio Ferdinand is urging Manchester United to consider appointing Pep Guardiola as their next manager

Rio Ferdinand has warned Manchester United that they could miss their “one chance” to appoint Pep Guardiola as their manager at the end of the season.

The Spaniard’s future has been a source of relentless speculation in recent weeks, with the former Barcelona boss widely tipped to stand down as manager of Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

There is one chance – you have one chance to get him

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester City, United and Chelsea are all thought to be interested in luring the former midfielder to the Premier League.

And former Red Devils defender Ferdinand feels that United would be foolish not to make a move for Guardiola should he indeed become available at the end of the current campaign.

Ex-England international Ferdinand is quoted as saying by the Guardian: “The thing with Manchester United is that he will go to one Premier League team and won’t be going to another [after that].

“There is one chance – you have one chance to get him. He won’t go to Manchester City and then to United; he’s not going to go to Chelsea and then United. It won’t happen, so you’ve got one chance to get the best manager on the planet.

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“Is [Guardiola] better than what they’ve got?. That’s what Man United and City should be asking. If the answer is yes then you go for it, surely. It’s like with the best players in the world – if someone like Ronaldo or Messi becomes available, everyone is interested.

“I don’t think it’s different with a great manager. The best manager in the world is definitely Guardiola and when he becomes available people are going to be interested, and I think United are no different.”

Louis van Gaal’s United side host Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as they look to return to winning ways after their 2-1 loss to Bournemouth last weekend.

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