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Adidas wants Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola at Manchester United

Anuj Gowda
8.05K   //    14 Jan 2016, 17:01 IST
Will United be able to lure both Messi and Guardiola to Old Trafford?

There have been constant rumours reverberating from England regarding the precarious situations of managers and players at clubs especially related to Manchester United. The 20-time Premier League champions have been on a torrid run of form of late and United’s official kit maker Adidas seem to be plotting a shocking move to help get the club back to its glory days.

It has been reported that sportswear giants Adidas are getting ready to pull off an astonishing deal which could see them bring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to Old Trafford next summer. 

The German multinational corporation had signed a record £750m deal to make Manchester United's kit for 10 years.

The Red Devils have been under constant scrutiny for their below par performances under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal. They are currently sixth in the league table, nine points behind leaders Arsenal and Leicester City and six points behind fierce rivals Manchester City. They were also dumped out of the Champions League failing to emerge out of a relatively easy group.

It has been understood that Adidas are all set to fund a seemingly improbable double deal for Messi and Guardiola to help get the Old Trafford club back on track and protect their investment in the club.

However, Guardiola who has already announced his intentions of moving to England next season has been strongly tipped to take over at Manchester City and it would take an astronomical sum for Barcelona to even consider looking into an offer for their talisman, who won an unprecedented fifth Ballon d’Or crown last Monday.   

Adidas had recently criticised United’s style of play

Louis van Gaal has been under intense criticism for the style of play he has adapted at United. With boos and chants of ‘attack’ from the Old Trafford faithful during games and former United legends like Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand among many expressing their disappointment and frustrations with United’s tactics, the manager has been under attack from every direction.

Adding to the pressure on the Dutchman, kit sponsors Adidas had recently come out and criticised the style of football played at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal.

Chief Executive Officer Herbert Hainer had said: “Business with Manchester United is going very well. We sell more jerseys than expected, the foreign share is 60%.”

“We are satisfied, even if the actual way of playing of United is not exactly what we want to see.”

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