26 May 1999:  David May of Manchester United celebrates with team mates after a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain.   Mandatory Credit: Phil Cole /Allsport

Former Manchester United and MUTV presenter David May has alluded that money was the chief factor in the Reds not pursuing Pep Guardiola and claims the club should have fought harder to secure the services of the much coveted coach.

May, speaking exclusively to 888sport.com said,“If somebody of his calibre and style of play becomes available then for me Pep Guardiola shouldn’t even think of going to Man City. But it comes down to the board and what they want and what they can afford. Money though shouldn’t even come into it because you’ll get your money back with all the trophies.”

Guardiola looks destined to take the reins at Manchester City this summer and with their local rivals persisting with Louis van Gaal’s increasingly unpopular philosophy this understandably grates with many supporters. It seems May is among that number going on to say, “It has been boring and you only have to look at the results. It’s been methodical and boring and side-to-side. No excitement.”

May’s criticism of Van Gaal’s safety-first approach echoes Paul Scholes’ comments made last week and it seems ex legends and fans alike are becoming ever more disgruntled with the Dutchman.

Are his days numbered at Old Trafford? Only time will tell but certainly they can rule out Pep as a possible replacement, a costly decision that, according to May, will be a heavy price to pay.

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