EXCLUSIVE: United had to sign Guardiola… City will be world beaters, claims Ferdinand

The Spaniard will take over at the Etihad this summer after winning 19 trophies (and counting) from seven seasons with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Much to his annoyance, Ferdinand watched from his TV set and Twitter timeline as his former club United missed out on the chance to grab his signature.

And he fears that Guardiola is the final piece of the jigsaw, eight years after Sheikh Mansour’s multi-million pound takeover, which sees City rival Europe’s elite club.

Ferdinand, 37, said: “When I heard Guardiola was available, I said Manchester United had to be in the mix to get him.

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