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Guardiola: I will ‘never’ manage Manchester United

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of crossing the Manchester divide and says he would never contemplate taking over as manager at Old Trafford.

Guardiola was previously linked with the position as Manchester United manager following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, though would instead join Bayern Munich and spend three seasons in Germany before taking over at Man City in 2016.

The Spaniard has since enjoyed a hugely successful tenure at the Etihad thus far, winning back-to-back Premier League titles over the past two campaigns and completing the first domestic treble in English football history last season.

Guardiola says his affinity with the blue half of Manchester means a future move to Manchester United is now impossible, admitting he would rather be on holiday than take over at the club’s city rivals.

“If I didn’t have any offers, I would be in the Maldives,” said Guardiola told the media at his pre-match press conference before his side’s trip to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

“Maybe not the Maldives because it doesn’t have any golf courses but after training City, I won’t train United, just like I would never train Madrid.

“Definitely not.”

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