Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RIO Ferdianand Admits [...]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RIO Ferdianand Admits [...]

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..RIO Ferdianand admits he was 'gutted' United did not even approach Pep Guardiola before he agreed to coach City.

The Bayern Munich chief was Sir Alex Ferguson's first choice to replace him before Guardiola headed to Germany in 2013, and the Catalan will succeed Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad in the summer.

Guardiola's Barcelona outclassed United in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals which Ferdinand started in, and the former United defender is amazed the club did not approach the 45-year- old.

"When I heard Guardiola was available, I said United had to be in the mix to get him," Ferdinand said.

"City were the successful ones in the end, and I was gutted. He has managed very successful teams and I'm sure he will go well at City. …

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