Pep Guardiola was close to replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as the new Manchester United manager in 2013, reckons Jordi CruyffThe Catalan had been on a sabbatical over the course of the 2012/13 season after leaving Barcelona as the most successful manager in their history with 14 trophies over his four-year spell in charge.Guardiola was looking for a return to management for the 2013 /14 football season with Cruyff, the son the legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff, convinced that the former Barcelona coach was close to replacing the retiring Ferguson before United eventually appointed David Moyes for the post.“I’ve always felt, not now but before Guardiola went to Bayern Munich, I always felt there was a chance that Manchester United had the chance to go for it,” said the Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, as reported on Sky Sports.“I think there was a moment where things were lined up, it was there, but Man Utd chose someone else, I’m talking many years ago, and he took a different way.“I think he would have suited a club like Man Utd many years before. I’m not talking this era, not now, I’m talking like five or six years ago I think.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“There was a moment where things were aligned, that was the moment, and United took a different path.”Cruyff, who will leave his role as the Tel Aviv head coach at the end of the season, believes that everything was already laid out for Guardiola when he arrived at Manchester City, thanks to the efforts of CEO Ferran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who he had worked with at Barcelona.“Everyone is talking about Man City, but people shouldn’t forget that Guardiola kind of came to a warm bath. The main point for him was that for him at City there was Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, who worked with him at Barcelona in a successful period.“So Guardiola came, the club knew his way of thinking, and he knew their way of thinking. Obviously, they are on one line from the start. Guardiola arrived at a place where they both knew how things functioned.”Guardiola eventually signed for Bayern Munich in January 2013 to replace Jupp Heynckes, who was at the time in his third spell in charge of the club.