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Pep Guardiola is unsure whether Erik ten Hag would be a success at Manchester United, but is in no doubt about the Ajax coach’s quality.
Ten Hag will be heavily linked with a move to United to replace Ralf Rangnick when the German leaves his temporary role at the end of the season.
According to reports, Ten Hag has had talks with United in recent weeks, and he did not dismiss that speculation in an interview with Germany’s Sport1.
The 52-year-old reaffirmed that his full focus as it is on Ajax, even though he called United “a fantastic club with fantastic fans” and that he did not “want to rule anything out.”
Manchester City manager Guardiola works in Bayern at the same time as Ten Hag was in charge of the club’s second team, and believes that the Dutchman has all the quality to succeed in the Premier League.
Guardiola stressed, however, that many quality leaders have come and gone at United since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
“I do not know. No one knows. If I were 100 percent sure I would call Man United and I would tell the guys they have to take him but I do not know,” Guardiola told a news conference prior to City clash with Burnley on Saturday.
“So no one knows. When I arrived here, I did not know [the league], no one knows. He wanted to try and he is a good manager, there is no doubt about that. But in the past, the former managers have since Alex [Ferguson] left.
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“We can not say that David Moyes is not a proper manager. Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, you know, or right now [Ralf Rangnick]. So I think all the managers who have been at United are excellent. We can not reject that. “
Guardiola believes, however, that Ten Hag has proven its quality through a successful period with Ajax, which has so far included two league and cup doubles in the Netherlands and a run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19.
– He was, I think, a season with Bayern’s second team [Munich]we talked quite regularly, ”Guardiola said.
“He is an incredible person, human being. I was amazed at how humble and good [he is]. About his qualities … take a look at his Ajax in recent years. [They’ve been] a pleasure to see in many, many things.
“Not just the year they came to [Champions League] semi-final, if it were not for the small details, they would have reached the final. The match they played against Benfica [this season] home was unique goal football is like this.
“In terms of quality, just take a look at his team. To define a manager, you have to look at his team for a long time and say, ‘okay, this is the team, and this manager gets them to play this game.’ There is no doubt about that.
“The relationship we had was incredibly good. When we talk about football on the second team, the players, whatever, it was always exceptionally good. ”