​Pep Guardiola has revealed which Manchester United star he would sign for Manchester City - sort of.

The Spaniard was cheekily asked the question by Northern Irish actor and United fan James Nesbitt at a charity night in Belfast put on by golfer Rory McIlroy, who is also a fan of the Red Devils.

Watford v Manchester City - Premier League

The ​Daily Mail report that Guardiola refused to name any current United players he would like at the Etihad, instead settling on a question about former Red Devils and explaining: "Ah, Paul Scholes. My favourite player."

Despite finishing sixth in the Premier League last year, United still have a host of top names on paper, including David de Gea and Paul Pogba, but in the eyes of City fans, their boss probably did well to avoid bigging up any players he'll be planning to beat next season. 

Barcelona v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Final

Guardiola's admiration for Scholes is actually no secret; when Barcelona faced United in the 2011 Champions Legaue final, he said of the Salford-born star: "Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes - he is the best midfielder of his generation."

It was certainly high praise for Scholes, who went on to lose his midfield battle with a peak Xavi and Andres Iniesta that night.