Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand says the Red Devils must look into securing Pep Guardiola's signature as he wouldn't want the Spaniard to be a rival.
With Guardiola set to leave the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, former United defender Ferdinand is convinced the former Barca coach is the right man to succeed Louis van Gaal - who is under pressure at Old Trafford after going six games without a win and his pragmatic football style which isn't good to see on the eye.
“It doesn’t matter what club you’re at. If someone of the talent of Guardiola becomes available, everyone is interested,” said Ferdinand, the Daily Mirror reported.
“The best manager in the world at the moment is definitely Guardiola and, when he becomes available, people are going to be interested, and I think United are no different.
“I just think, 'Where’s he going to go?’ and the only place he can go is England. He’s not going to go to Italy.
“Guardiola has been in two of the three best leagues in the world and the next progression, naturally, is going to be the Premier League. He’s going to be going to a Premier League team and he won’t be going to another one after that. So you have one chance to get him.
“He’s not going to go to Manchester City then[go to] United. He’s not going to go to Chelsea, then United. So you’ve got one chance to get the best manager on the planet.”