Ferguson advises Guardiola to remain at Barcelona

Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson has admitted that European rivals Barcelona remain the best club in the world – and has advised his Catanian counterpart Pep Guardiola to remain at the Camp Nou rather than replace him at Old Trafford when his managerial days are finally over, according to an article in the Manchester Evening News.

When questioned about whether or not Guardiola represents his perfect replacement in the Old Trafford hotseat, Ferguson counter-questioned why the former Barca defensive midfielder would want to leave his position in Spain to take the reins in the north west of England.

Ferguson said: “Why would Pep want to leave Barcelona? If I was in his position I would firmly stay where I was. The Barcelona team at the moment is by far the best team. We have experienced three years of it and sometimes in football you have to hold your hand up and say ‘they are better than us’. It’s not a crime or a weakness, just a plain fact that the Barcelona team now, particularly with Lionel Messi in the side, are just an extraordinary team. I can’t see anyone taking a trophy for them this year, Real Madrid are probably the nearest to them.”

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