Sir Alex Ferguson believes Pep Guardiola will struggle to replicate the success he had at Barcelona when he takes charge of Manchester City.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Ferguson fears the demands of Premier League football may stifle Guardiola’s influence.
“Without question Pep has got a fantastic work ethic about him, he demands that from all of his training sessions,” he said. “Anyone who thinks they’re not going to work hard at City won’t last long. He has got great coaching ability, there is no doubt about that.
“Man City have made a real coup in getting him but Pep won’t find it easy, English football is not easy. Pep will be a success but I don’t think he’ll ever replicate what he did at Barcelona because that was a high standard – they were the best.”
“You have to ask what the big clubs are going to do,” he added.
“If you take my time at United, when Chelsea and Jose came on the scene, in the first two years they had quick starts, so I had to accept that challenge.
“That’s what you have to do when you’re a big club. Arsenal, Liverpool and the other clubs have to accept the challenge when they are not good enough.
“They’ll have their own ambitions and will be desperate to win the league next season as much as City, so Pep there is not a guarantee they can win the league.
“That’s the beauty of our league. Arsenal, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham will want to do something and now, of course, Leicester City are there. Who’s to say they can’t win it next season?”