Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is making a late move for departing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

The Daily Mail says United are ready to muscle in on Manchester City and Chelsea’s bid to lure Guardiola to the Barclays Premier League.

Woodward, who is reluctant to fire Louis van Gaal following a run of six games without a win, has the outgoing Bayern Munich manager in his sights.

Van Gaal’s future is so precarious that he is being judged on a game-by-game basis as manager, but United would prefer to wait until the summer to fire him.

Although Jose Mourinho is still angling for one of the biggest club jobs in football, Woodward does not want to be dictated to by the sacked Chelsea manager.

It’s suggested the original reservations United had about Mourinho two years ago still remain.

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