United deny Pep meeting

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Manchester United have rejected reports that club officials met with Pep Guardiola last week regarding the Spaniard taking charge at Old Trafford next season.

A report in France Football alleged that the two parties met at a Paris hotel last week, with Guardiola on the lookout for a new challenge after confirming he will leave Bayern München at the end of the current season.

The Red Devils have Louis van Gaal at the helm, but there are concerns over both the brand of football the Dutchman has employed and the disappointing results which he has achieved despite being handed an extensive transfer kitty. As such, it has been suggested in some sectors that Van Gaal will be replaced at the end of the season.

However, United have denied that the meeting with Guardiola took place.

Guardiola has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League, stating that he wanted to “experience a new city and work in England”.

The former Barcelona boss added that: “I have several offers from England but I haven’t signed anything yet.”

Guardiola later apologised for the comments after he was accused of disrespecting the managers whose futures came under scrutiny following his remarks.

The Red Devils are not the only club linked with Guardiola, with Manchester City and Chelsea also rumoured to be potential suitors.