The Telegraph
Saturday , May 3 , 2014
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Pep ultimatum to Bayern puts Man United on alert

Pep Guardiola has called on Bayern Munich to back him or sack him in a move, which could delay Manchester United’s appointment of Louis van Gaal. Guardiola suffered a humiliating Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid this week, losing 4-0 at home in the semi-final second leg, and his footballing philosophy has been criticised by Franz Beckenbauer and other senior Bayern Munich figures.

Van Gaal is close to being appointed as the new Manchester United manager but if Guardiola’s job in Germany is seen as being in doubt it could prompt Old Trafford officials to rethink their options.

The loss was extremely bitter for the Bavarians, who had been virtually invincible up until clinching the league title with seven games left in March, and led to many to question the Spaniard's style of play, including club legend Beckenbauer.

“Bayern are not right,” said the 68-year-old. “This is something that we have known for weeks. The disappointment is huge.

“I can’t change what I feel and what I feel is we must play with the ball and attack as much as possible.”

“The club must decide whether the coach is the right man for this team.

In Friday’s press conference ahead of the team’s game against Hamburg Guardiola came out fighting, insisting that he would not alter his approach, and said: “The club must decide if the coach is the right one for the club. I have my ideas and I have to convince my players. Following this defeat I am even more convinced of my philosophy.

“We cannot play with the ideas of the players. This is not possible. Beckenbauer should be telling war time stories to children instead of telling me how to coach my team.”

The 43-year-old, whose club could still add the German Cup to their collection when they face rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final this month, continued in a bullish tone and said: “I am surprised that we did it so well in this season.

“We showed a lot of good things. I am satisfied with this squad. We were outstanding with this system and these players.”

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich's Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer signed a contract extension that will keep him at last season's treble winners until 2019, the Bundesliga club said on Friday.

Announcing the deal after the end of an emergency general meeting to elect the successor to convicted former club president Uli Hoeness, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Neuer had added three years to his contract.