Man United went to sleep on Pep Guardiola deal, claims insider

Graham Hunter explains how Manchester City pipped Manchester United to Pep Guardiola appointment

Graham Hunter has accused Manchester United of “going to sleep” in their pursuit of Pep Guardiola.

The Bayern Munich manager is set to take over at United’s bitter rivals Manchester City at the end of the season when his contract with the Bundesliga club comes to an end.

The 20-time English were thought to be keen to appoint the Barcelona legend as Louis van Gaal’s successor after a disappointing season so far for the Red Devils.

However, the Eastlands outfit secured Guardiola’s appointment on a three-year contract ahead of United in January.

Speaking to Leeds United and Liverpool legend Gary McAllister, Hunter gave his thoughts on the Guardiola saga.

“When City didn’t get him when he left his NYC soul jouney, they thought they had him,” Hunter said on his Big Interview podcast.

“They were irate he went to Bayern Munich. If you want my honest opinion, Man City kept on working very, very hard and Man United went to sleep.”

Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is favourite to replace Van Gaal at United after a disappointing 2015/16 for the three-time European champions.

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Guardiola’s Bayern side drew 2-2 with Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December.

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