Manchester United left way clear for Guardiola to move to Man City


Manchester United made no attempt to hijack Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City, according to Sky Sports.

A statement from the Etihad said first contact with Guardiola was made “in recent weeks”, but it is understood United have been prepared for the announcement for months.

And sources say the early confirmation has spared United the temptation of entering a summer fight for football’s most in-demand manager, which was always likely to have just one winner.