Bur Edwards, United’s former chairman and chief executive, agrees that following Louis van Gaal’s dismissal in May 2016, Jose Mourinho was the right choice.
“I would have gone for Guardiola when he was available before Alex went,” said Edwards, who is the club’s honorary life president after stepping down as United’s supremo in 2003. “Because we knew he was leaving Barcelona and, before he committed himself to Bayern Munich, there was an opportunity to get him.
“Then he was on the crest of a wave. So I would have been looking at that situation, rightly or wrongly.”