Pep Guardiola: ‘Nobody knows’ if Erik ten Hag can succeed at Manchester United

Pep Guardiola has praised his former colleague Erik ten Hag but also claims that if he joins Manchester United, there will be no guarantee of success with the Dutchman.

The pair worked together when Pep was Bayern Munich manager and Ten Hag was in charge of the second team. They have a good relationship and the Manchester City manager appreciates the style of play that his team play with in the Netherlands.

“We spoke quite regularly and he is just an incredible person and human being. I was surprised at how humble he was.” Pep said. “For his qualities, just take a look at his Ajax team in the last years. It is a joy to watch.”

When asked whether Ten Hag would be able to translate his success from the Eredivisie into the Premier League, Guardiola said: “If I was 100% I would call Manchester United and tell them: ‘Guys, you have to take him.’ But nobody knows.

“In the past there were brilliant managers. Since Sir Alex left, you cannot say David Moyes is not a proper manager, or Louis Van Gaal or Jose Mourinho. All the managers that have been at United are excellent.”

The Spainish manager also suggested that Ten Hag could be his eventually successor at Man City if he was to skip the red side of Manchester.

“Could Erik ten Hag be here at City? Definitely. I think he could be the one,” Guardiola said. “For the way he approaches the game.” He joked: “I will say to [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain] now.”

The rumours are heating up, with multiple reports claiming that Ten Hag is the front runner for the United job after conducting an interview with the club last week.

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