Schmeichel says Guardiola joining Man United his biggest fear

Peter Schmeichel

Pep Guardiola

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has described Pep Guardiola potentially joining his former club is one of his biggest fears.

Guardiola has long been linked with a move to the English Premier League, with many anticpating his arrival at one of the 'big four' in Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal.

With Louis Van Gaal facing much criticism at United, many fans would love to see the former Barcelona boss take over from the Dutchman.

However, Schmeichel, who won five league titles as well as a UEFA Champions Legaue title during his nine-year stay at Old Trafford fears the Spanish tactician will ruin the identity of the club.

“This is my biggest fear that someone like Pep Guardiola will become the next Manchester United manager," Schmeichel told Sky Sports.

“Guardiola has a way of playing, he has a system and he sticks to that."

The former Danish international was also critical of Guardiola changing German champions Bayern Munich, despite winning back-to-back league titles since he arrived ahead of the 2013/14 season.

"He has changed Bayern Munich from what I thought was a fantastic treble-winning team under Jupp Heynckes.

“They played quick football, through the middle, using the width of the pitch, but they were passing the ball and killing everyone they played against.

“He started to make them pass the ball sideways and I don’t think they are as exciting as what they were," Schmeichel added.

Schmeichel, who retired from football in 2003 at the age of 39, also backs critcisim of Van Gaal and says United managers should not decide the team's style of play, but stick to the club's "history and traditions".

“There are former players in the media very critical of the way Van Gaal plays the game.

“One player, Andrei Kanchelskis, says he has them playing like robots and I kind of agree with that a little bit because the manager should not decide how the Manchester United players are playing the game.

“I think Manchester United is a much bigger club than any manager in the world and the manager who comes in should respect what Manchester United is.

“At the moment, I’m not seeing the way I’d like to see Manchester United play.

“With a club like Manchester United that have history and traditions, I think the manager at the club should respect that.”

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