Former Manchester United playmaker Jordi Cruyff has revealed that he believes the Red Devils lined up Pep Guardiola to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Barcelona boss moved to Bayern Munich following Jupp Heynckes’ departure in 2013 before United appointed David Moyes.

However, the Dutchman thinks that current Manchester City manager Guardiola was close to taking the job at Old Trafford.

“I’ve always felt, not now but before Guardiola went to Bayern Munich, there was a chance that Manchester United had the chance to go for it,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I think there was a moment where things were lined up, it was there, but Man Utd chose someone else, I’m talking many years ago, and he took a different way.”

“I think he would have suited a club like Man Utd many years before. I’m not talking this era, not now, I’m talking like five or six years ago I think. There was a moment where things were aligned, that was the moment, and United took a different path.”

Moyes was sacked by United after just 10 months in charge, with Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho since being appointed.

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