Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini
Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the current season Getty Images

Former Manchester United player Jordi Cruyff believes Pep Guardiola would have been better served moving to the red side of Manchester, as the Red Devils have more tradition. The former Barcelona man will move to Manchester City in the summer with United themselves in the market to find a replacement for Van Gaal, who has flattered to deceive this season.

The Red Devils are currently fifth in the league, six points behind fourth placed Manchester City and need to buckle up in the remaining few games of the season if they have to properly challenge for a place in the top four. Van Gaal's style of play has drawn criticism from fans and sponsors alike, but the Red Devils seem to have turned a corner over the past month, putting three past Stoke City and playing a brilliant attacking brand of football against Chelsea, which eventually led to a draw.

Jesse Lingard scored a brilliant goal to put United ahead but Diego Costa's goal in the dying minutes of injury time scavenged a point for the Blues, who have gone through their own woes this season. Cryuff adds that it is a good time to manage City, who can back Guardiola with a bottomless pit of money to build his own team.

"I would have liked Pep at United — they have more tradition than City," Cruyff told Cope. "It is a good moment to work at City, though, because they have the set-up, the money and the will to create a good team."

City have been linked with a move to bring Neymar and Sergio Busquets to the Etihad but Cruyff believes that the Brazilian will be better served staying in Barcelona where he has won multiple La Liga titles and also the Champions League.

"There is a mix between romanticism to always play for the same club and tempting offers from elsewhere. Money is very powerful," Cruyff added. "We already know Neymar's situation at Barca is very good, but there are always better [offers]. I hope he stays."