Pep Guardiola: Manchester United deny claim of meeting Bayern boss

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
'Dear Pep, please come to my club'

Manchester United deny they met Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to discuss the possibility of him replacing current boss Louis van Gaal.

France Footballexternal-link says the meeting took place last week in Paris, but United insist the story is not true.

Guardiola, 45, will leave Bayern Munich this summer and said he has several offers from English clubs.

Manchester City are favourites to recruit the Spaniard, but Chelsea and United have also been linked with him.

Van Gaal's future at Old Trafford has been a source of almost constant speculation in recent weeks.

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The Dutchman has come under pressure from fans and former United players for the club's indifferent form and playing style.

United are fifth in the table, two points adrift of Tottenham in fourth.

Guardiola's impending move to the Premier League have increased speculation about his possible destination,

The former Barcelona boss recently apologised for putting managers under pressure with his announcement.

"It was not my intention to offend anybody," he said. "Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot."

Bayern Munich held a training camp in Doha during the Bundesliga winter break and will resume their campaign at Hamburg on Friday.