Manchester United gaffer Louis van Gaal has revealed that he is “very pleased” at impeding reunion with Pep Guardiola, who has been appointed to take over as Manchester City manager next season.
Following his successful career at Barcelona and Bayer Munich, where he has won total of 19 trophies, Guardiola has earned a reputation as one of the best coaches in the world.
In 2010, Guardiola was ranked the world’s third best coach when at Barcelona; in 2011, still at Barcelona he was ranked the world’s best after beating Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) and Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) who were second and third respectively; in 2012, he was ranked the world’s third best coach and later ranked the world’s second best in 2015. He never featured among the top three coaches in 2013 and 2014.
On Monday, Manchester City announced that Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini as their manager at the end of the 2015/16 season.
This news emerged after several months of speculation that the Spaniard would be continuing with his coaching career in the English Premier League next season.
Manchester United fans wanted the 45-year-old Catalan to replace van Gaal as their manager, but the 64-year-old Dutchman is not disturbed by the arrival of such a prominent rival.
“He is my former captain so I am very pleased to see him,” the United manager said. “And I can speak Spanish so it is convenient for him.”