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Published: 13:23 | 31/3/16

Sir Alex: Pep won't find it easy

Ferguson feels Guardiola is not guaranteed immediate success at Man City

Sir Alex Ferguson says incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may struggle to replicate the success he had at Barcelona in England.

Guardiola, who won 14 major honours in four seasons as manager at the Camp Nou, will join City in the summer and while Ferguson agrees that the appointment is a coup for City, he feels the Spaniard could struggle to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.

"Without question Pep has got a fantastic work ethic about him, he demands that from all of his training sessions," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"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.

"Every foreign coach that has come to England will tell you that. Arsene Wenger was talking about that a few months after coming and even Jose Mourinho was.

"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."

Sir Alex believes this season’s Premier League has been one of the most exciting but he expects the so called “big clubs” to bounce back next season and mount a serious title challenge, another reason why Guardiola may have to wait for success.

"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?"

The former United boss has also urged his own clubs supporters to remain patient with their current boss Louis van Gaal, saying success will return to Old Trafford.

"For 150 years of history it is worth having a couple of years on the quiet side of success because they will always come back and come back strong," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years; in Matt Busby's time, in my time."

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