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Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

LONDON (AP) — Alex Ferguson lined up Pep Guardiola as his potential successor at Manchester United yet the Spanish coach didn't call him before taking the Bayern Munich job.

In his new book ''Leading,'' Ferguson said the club ''established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable'' before David Moyes was hired in 2013 for an unsuccessful 11-month spell in charge.

After Guardiola left Barcelona in mid-2012, Ferguson had dinner with the former Barcelona coach in New York but, as his own retirement was not on the agenda yet, there was no ''direct proposal'' for the Spaniard to one day take over at United.

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Ferguson wanted Pep as successor not 'chosen one' Moyes

Ferguson wanted Pep as successor not 'chosen one' Moyes

(Reuters) – Alex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacements headed by Pep Guardiola & four others, who were all "unavailable" at the time.

In his new book "Leading", United's longest-serving manager outlines the selection process behind Moyes' ill-fated appointment at Old Trafford, which lasted less than a year after he replaced the retired Ferguson in 2013.

"I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club yet he didn't & wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013," Ferguson wrote.

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Soccer-Ferguson wanted Pep as successor not 'chosen one' Moyes

Soccer-Ferguson wanted Pep as successor not 'chosen one' Moyes

Sept 22 (Reuters) – Alex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacements headed by Pep Guardiola & four others, who were all "unavailable" at the time.

In his new book "Leading", United's longest-serving manager outlines the selection process behind Moyes' ill-fated appointment at Old Trafford, which lasted less than a year after he replaced the retired Ferguson in 2013.

"I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club yet he didn't & wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013," Ferguson wrote.

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Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

Ferguson reveals pursuit of Guardiola as United successor

LONDON (AP) — Alex Ferguson lined up Pep Guardiola as his potential successor at Manchester United yet the Spanish coach didn't call him before taking the Bayern Munich job.

In his new book ''Leading,'' Ferguson said the club ''established that several very desirable candidates were unavailable'' before David Moyes was hired in 2013 for an unsuccessful 11-month spell in charge.

After Guardiola left Barcelona in mid-2012, Ferguson had dinner with the former Barcelona coach in New York but, as his own retirement was not on the agenda yet, there was no ''direct proposal'' for the Spaniard to one day take over at United.

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Mourinho faces big decision for Chelsea against Arsenal

Mourinho faces huge decision for Chelsea against Arsenal

LONDON (AP) — After a 4-0 victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv reminded Jose Mourinho of what it feels like to win, the Chelsea manager has an significant decision to make before facing Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mourinho made six changes for the Group G Champions League game on Wednesday after Chelsea lost their third league game out of five at Everton last Saturday. Regular starters John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic & Diego Costa were on the bench.

The commanding victory could boost confidence among the Chelsea ranks yet Mourinho must decide whether to return his underperforming stars to the lineup, or keep faith with players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek & Loic Remy, who impressed against Maccabi.

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Mourinho faces big decision for Chelsea against Arsenal

Mourinho faces huge decision for Chelsea against Arsenal

LONDON (AP) — After a 4-0 victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv reminded Jose Mourinho of what it feels like to win, the Chelsea manager has an significant decision to make before facing Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Mourinho made six changes for the Group G Champions League game on Wednesday after Chelsea lost their third league game out of five at Everton last Saturday. Regular starters John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic & Diego Costa were on the bench.

The commanding victory could boost confidence among the Chelsea ranks yet Mourinho must decide whether to return his underperforming stars to the lineup, or keep faith with players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek & Loic Remy, who impressed against Maccabi.

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Soccer-Rodgers concerned by Liverpool's lack of firepower

Soccer-Rodgers concerned by Liverpool's lack of firepower

MANCHESTER, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he will have to find a solution to his team's goalscoring woes after they were outplayed in a 3-1 defeat by bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Liverpool have found the net just three times in their opening five Premier League games & were largely toothless in the defeat at Old Trafford.

Rodgers' side struggled to create chances against a resolute United defence & seemed to lack midfield creativity or forward movement.

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Mourinho stays calm after Naismith treble rocks Chelsea

Mourinho stays calm after Naismith treble rocks Chelsea

London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho refused to condemn his Chelsea flops after their Premier League title defence was plunged into turmoil as Steven Naismith's hat-trick gave Everton a 3-1 win on Saturday.

Mourinho's side made a miserable start at Goodison Park as Scotland forward Naismith came off the bench to score twice in the space of five minutes midway through the first half.

Nemanja Matic pulled one back for Chelsea before the interval, yet Naismith completed his treble in the closing stages to ensure the Blues, with three defeats & only four points from their five matches, made their worst start to a season since 1988.

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I'm not a dictator says van Gaal

I'm not a dictator says van Gaal

London (AFP) – Louis van Gaal says his decision to listen to the demands of his Manchester United players proves he is not a dictator.

After accusations of rifts & a player mutiny in the Old Trafford dressing room, United manager van Gaal came out fighting at his weekly press conference on Friday ahead of Saturday's clash against Liverpool.

The 64-year-old admitted Wayne Rooney & Michael Carrick came to him after the opening match of the season against Tottenham to air their concerns approximately morale within a squad frustrated by his man-management methods & training techniques

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Soccer-Perfect time to be playing 'biggest derby', says Rodgers

Soccer-Perfect time to be playing 'biggest derby', says Rodgers

LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – After crashing to a 3-0 home defeat by West Ham United last time out, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is pleased to be playing in "the biggest derby game in the history of the league" against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Liverpool won two & drew one of their opening matches without conceding a goal, yet that run ended when West Ham won at Anfield for the first time since 1963.

Rodgers believes making the short trip to United can assist his players quickly put that defeat behind them.

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