Manchester United are not looking at Pep Guardiola as a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford dugout as he doesn’t possess Premier League experience, according to La Liga expert Graham Hunter.
The Spanish tactician is on the lookout for a new club to manage ahead of next season after confirming that he will leave his post at Bayern Munich when his contract expires in under six months’ time.
Naturally, a manager of Guardiola’s pedigree – he’s largely seen as the man who built the all-conquering Barcelona side of the late 2000s/early 2010s – has been aligned with a host of jobs, with both Manchester clubs thought to be keen.
And with Van Gaal’s position at the Theatre of Dreams far from secure on the back of an underwhelming 18 months, the 44-year-old is a popular name among the club’s fanbase.
However, Hunter believes that United are not looking at the current Allianz Arena chief as he lacks Premier League know-how:
“I think the big surprise is that United haven’t pursued him and that it now looks like he’s going elsewhere,” he told talkSPORT.
“Their [United’s] idea was that he [Guardiola] didn’t have the Premier League experience that they thought was essential, which I think is an atrocious idea.
“While Ed Woodward was extraordinarily good at the work that saw him rise in the organisation, I would question whether him in that post, rather than a director of football, is necessarily going to be the guy who can direct United where to go next.
“I’m not convinced that Woodward is the right man to make the football decision about Guardiola.”