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.”