Man United line up world-class Van Gaal replacement

Manchester United have identified Pep Guardiola as the man to take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, according to The Mirror.

The Dutch trainer has stated that his role with the Red Devils will be his last in football before retiring, with his current contract running until 2017.

The powers that be at United have reportedly moved quickly to identify a potential successor to the outspoken veteran, with the current Bayern Munich boss their first choice.

Guardiola built his reputation at boyhood club Barcelona, where he won an unbelievable 14 trophies in four memorable years at Camp Nou, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.

Since moving to Bavaria the Catalan trainer has led the Allianz Arena outfit to successive Bundesliga titles and continued the club’s dominance over German football.

However, Guardiola has stated in the recent past that he will not be drawn into conversations over his long-term future, insinuating that this may well be his final season with Bayern.