Pep Guardiola would rather pla...


Pep Guardiola would rather play golf than manage United

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

08:15 7 Jan 2020

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he has no intention of managing Manchester United in the future.

Guardiola was asked about United as City prepare to make the short trip to Old Trafford to face their neighbours in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

His reply: "I will never train them like I would not train [Real] Madrid."

Guardiola was a name linked to the United job a few years ago but he had already agreed to become Bayern Munich boss when Alex Ferguson announced he was retiring in 2013.

The Spaniard went on to say that he wouldn't even manage United if it was the only offer he had.

"If I didn't have any offers, I would be in the Maldives, maybe not the Maldives because it doesn't have any golf courses"

United have already beaten City at the Etihad in the Premier League this season but Guardiola has three wins at Old Trafford from four visits as City boss.

United created plenty of chances in that league meeting last month with their pace on the break causing City plenty of problems.

The issue of 'tactical fouls' was brought up again and although Guardiola is adamant he has never instructed any of his players to deliberately foul an opposition player to stop a counter-attack, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does feel there is an issue.

"Sometimes I look at the referees and look at our games and even if they are just little fouls, there have been teams who have stopped us with them, which has stopped us showing how good we are when we attack."

"There has been a few fouls on Dan James - and I am better off not talking about it - but the referees have got to look at when players with his pace, even if they just knock the ball past an opponent who then stop them in their tracks, then of course, it should be a yellow card."

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