In pundit Guillem Balagueâ€™s new book, Pep Guardiola, Another Way Of Winning: The Biography, United boss Fergie Âquestions why he ever left Barcelona.
In a foreword to the book, Ferguson writes: â€œWhatever Pepâ€™s next move may be after he has taken some time out, whether he moves to the Premier League or not, thereâ€™s always going to be a lot of speculation Âsurrounding his future. He was at a Âfantastic Âfootball club at Barcelona and it is not going to get any better wherever he goes.
â€œGoing to another club will not take any Âpressure off or Âreduce the level of Âexpectation Âsurrounding him.
â€œIn fact, wherever he goes he is going to have the same Âexperience: He is a manager, he has to Âdecide what is best for his team, about Âchoosing players and tactics. It is that simple.
â€œAll managersâ€™ jobs come with pressure.
â€œIâ€™ve been Âsuccessful at Manchester United for many years and itâ€™s not without its problems â€“ every hour of every day you have to deal with something. If Pep were to go to another club the questions would be the same as those he faced so far.
â€œIt seems he reached a point in his Âcoaching career where he was conscious of the importance of his job at Barcelona while he was experiencing the demands attached to it. I am sure he spent time thinking, â€˜How long is it going to last? Will I be able to create another European Cup winning team? Can I maintain this level of success?â€™
â€œIf I had arrived in time to advise him I would have told Pep not to worry about it. A failure to win the Champions League is not an indictment of his managerial abilities or his team.
â€œI understand the pressure, though. The expectation was so high every time Guardiolaâ€™s team played, everyone Âwanted to beat them."