Manchester United are reportedly appointing an interim manager to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club focus on Mauricio Pochettino landing next summer.
According to The Telegraph, the Red Devils have identified Ralf Rangnick, Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia as potential candidates to take over in the short term, with the four coaches having been questioned by the Old Trafford hierarchy in recent days.
United have identified five candidates as options for the interim post
United will look to bring in Poch next summer
Mauricio Pochettino quickly became the favorite to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked last weekend after a terrible string of results.
But the Argentine’s pursuit has stalled, with PSG apparently blocking a move to the Premier League mid-season.
Former Barcelona boss Valverde is one of the favorites to land the interim job.
The 57-year-old, who has won La Liga twice and a Copa del Rey during his two and a half years at Barcelona, has been unemployed since leaving Camp Nou in the summer of 2020.
Solskjaer was sacked by Man United last weekend after a horrific string of results
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Favre has also been called a quick fix at the club.
The 63-year-old guided Hertha Berlin from 12th to fourth place in the two seasons following taking office, while Borussia Mönchengladbach were at the bottom of the league when they took the reins in 2011 before moving on. see handing over the reins to Dortmund.
He was sacked in December last year, but his attacking style of play remains highly regarded by those at United.
Another option is Rangnick, who has served as manager at RB Leipzig and has previously held talks with United for a sporting director position at Old Traford.
As manager of RB Leipzig in 2012, he guided his team towards promotion to the German top flight before stepping down to make way for Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Former Roma boss Rudi Garcia is also an underdog for the post, although he stepped back from speculation on Wednesday.
Michael Carrick could well take over Chelsea this weekend, but it is understood the club will be hoping to have an interim manager in place at Stamford Bridge during Sunday’s Premier League clash.