Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed how Stuart Pearce rejected the chance to sign Pep Guardiola for Manchester City.

Cole says Pearce snubbed the defensive ­midfielder after he travelled to Manchester for a trial in 2005.

Guardiola, then 34, had left Barcelona after 17 years with the La Liga giants and became available after spells with Brescia, Roma and Al-Alhi in Qatar.

Cole said: "I always remember when I was at Manchester City and Guardiola came for a trial and Stuart Pearce said, 'not the kind of player I'm looking for'. Look at him now."

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