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Pep Guardiola will NOT be Manchester United's next manager

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To everybody's complete surprise, he's off to Manchester City.

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If there were any Manchester United fans still harbouring dreams of Pep Guardiola taking over at Old Trafford, you might as well go back to sleep, for dreams are all they will ever be. The former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich manager will be taking over at Manchester City from 2016/17.

Now, if you were feeling positive, you might be tempted to shrug this off as just one of those things. They appointed a couple of people he used to work with at Barcelona, and they've got loads of money. Maybe there's a 'Guardiola's a coward' angle to be teased out. Perhaps he'll turn out to be a fraud. That'd be funny.

On the other hand, the self-proclaimed biggest club in the world have utterly failed to leverage that bigness into picking up the most coveted manager in the world. City are going to go into next season with a man that United would desperately love to have appointed. United will be going in with one of the deeply peculiar and floundering Louis van Gaal, the utterly inexperienced Ryan Giggs, or a hatred-and-vengeance-fuelled Jose Mourinho.

Won't that be fun?