Pep Guardiola manages Manchester United in his spare time
Son good is Pep Guardiola that he’s already helping Manchester United win matches – and he’s not even their manager. He doesn’t join Manchester City til the summer. But according to Sky Sports, United’s 3-0 home win over a crestfallen Stoke City – they went into the match having been dumped out of the League Cup on a semi-final penalty shoot-out and beaten in the FA Cup a few days later – was a sign of Pep’s mastery. The headline declares:
Man Utd respond in style after Man City’s Pep Guardiola announcement
On the field, United’s two wins from their past 10 Premier League games, their lowest goal-haul in 27 years and the continued uncertainty around Louis van Gaal’s future offered little suggestion a ray of hope would arrive with the visit of Mark Hughes’ Stoke.
Yet, 24 hours on from Man City’s big moment, the United players seemed inspired into a response.
All Louis Van Gaal had to do to make his expensive team of plodders into world-beaters was wait for a rival to hire a better manager. Easy.
The Guardian continues:
If this is how Pep Guardiola’s impending arrival across town can galvanise Manchester United then the rest of the season for Louis van Gaal and his men may be fruitful after all.
How clever of United’s kingmakers not to employ Pep hen they can get the Pep Effect with Van Gaal.
There is no certainty the Spaniard’s decision to join Manchester City had anything to do with this scintillating United display, of course. But it is fair to say that just when the embattled Van Gaal would want his players to return their finest display of the campaign they did.
United fans must be delighted, In yer face City!
PS: This is how the pisspoor Telegraph reported on United’s reaction to Pep:
Panicked into victory!