Rio Ferdinand makes Pep Guardiola claim over Man Utd’s manager search

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United have a tough time finding a new manager that will take them to the top – with no "Pep Guardiola" like figure out there.

The Red Devils are drafting up a shortlist of potential new coaches with several on their wish list. Among them include Erik ten Hag of Ajax, Paris Saint-Germain's Mauricio Pochettino and Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.

Ralf Rangnick took the job after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November but the German coach has only been brought in on an interim basis. He will move upstairs in a consultancy role at the end of the season.

United have a massive decision on their hands this summer with the club desperate to return to winning ways, a scenario not present since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. And one player who knew all about dominating football in the Premier League was Ferdinand.

The former England international spent 11 years under Fergie where no other club could touch them when it came to winning trophies. That mantle has since been taken by Guardiola at Manchester City and Ferdinand believes finding their own version of the Catalan coach is borderline impossible.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “None of us have got an answer where we’re all going ‘Oh, that’s the definite person’. I think there would be shouts for people like [Mauricio] Pochettino, I’m sure, obviously [Erik] ten Hag. They’re the two frontrunners people are talking about.

“Listen, it’s a toss of a coin, I don’t know. There’s no one where you’re going ‘oh, ok’, for instance there’s not a Pep [Guardiola] out there right now who’s available. When Manchester City were out there looking for a manager they thought right that’s the go-to guy who you’re going to get 100 per cent certainty from and think ‘he’s perfect’.”

Ten Hag is believed to be the frontrunner for the job after being interviewed for the role last week. But Pochettino is also well admired at Old Trafford while his time at Paris Saint-Germain has come under pressure following their Champions League exit.

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