“The Guy Is a Legend” – Manchester United Would Be in the PL Top 4 if Pep Guardiola Was Their Manager, Claims Pundit

Published 11/11/2023, 3:18 AM EST

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Manchester United are not having the best season on the pitch under Erik ten Hag. The players are also affected by the talk of a potential takeover off the pitch. Meanwhile, their rivals Manchester City continue to perform brilliantly under Pep Guardiola. Now, a pundit has claimed that the Red Devils would finish in the top four with Guardiola as their manager.

The United fans will now hope that at least Erik ten Hag can revive their season on the pitch. But, at the moment, the indications are that they will face more problems this season.

Manchester United would have become a top side with Pep Guardiola as their manager


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United fans got a glimmer of hope last season after they finished 3rd in the Premier League table and also won the Carabao Cup this season. But, after the start of this season, everything was back to normal. Manchester United are unable to get positive results on a consistent basis this season. However, Manchester City under Pep Guardiola continues to do well in the Premier League and the Champions League. Now, Pundit and Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf has made a big claim on how United would have performed under Pep.

Frank Leboeuf speaking on ESPN said, “Guardiola as a coach, you know that the guy is a legend as a football player, but as a coach, and when you win Champions League titles after titles, you get the respect from the others. It’s one maybe ten Hag doesn’t have right now because of his past, which is not of course as big as Guardiola’s, so I think Guardiola, if he were the coach of Manchester United, would be in a much better position.


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After getting asked what exact position United would be in, he said, “Well, according to that, if you think that City won’t be in that position, maybe it changed the cards, but I would say definitely in the first four because of the players that they have.”


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The Red Devils need to sort out their takeover situation quickly to avoid more issues

At the moment, the biggest issue at Manchester United is the takeover issue. Qatar businessman Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani has exited the race. This is because the Glazers refused a $6 Billion offer for the 100% ownership of the club. But, the problem at the moment, is the Glazers do not well the whole club. They are only open to now selling a minority stake in the club. It is not yet clear whether that would eventually lead to a full takeover in the future.


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British businessman Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe has made a bid for the minority stake of the club. However, the news has not generated buzz on social media among United fans. This is because they want Glazers to leave and want someone to take over 100% of the club. But, Glazer sees Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe as their preferred option. Many reports expect the minority stake takeover to be completed before the January transfer window.  Clarity is still required on the situation as any takeover will need the approval from FA and Premier League.

Manchester United are currently 8th in the Premier League table. They are going to need new signings in January to at least finish in the European places. So the big question irrespective of whether takeover happens or not, will Manchester United finish in the top four this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments


Written by:

Anuj Nikhil Virjiani


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Anuj Virjiani is a soccer writer at Essentially Sports. With a fervent passion for the sport, especially the English Premier League, Anuj has meticulously cultivated his expertise in dissecting the game's technical intricacies and strategic nuances, both on and off the field. Anuj's cherished club is, interestingly, Newcastle United, and he has closely followed and analyzed the club's journey through its highs and lows, and enjoyed witnessing their triumphant promotion from the second tier, their recent takeover, and the remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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