- Manchester United have reportedly made contact with former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde
- Valverde, who won two successive La Liga titles with Barcelona, has been out of work since January 2020
- Latest reports suggest that United want Valverde as an interim manager until the end of the season
Manchester United have made contact with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde about the role of interim manager.
The 57-year old has emerged as a front runner to take charge at Old Trafford on interim basis until the end of the season.
BBC reports that United are currently focusing on hiring an interim manager, to see out the season before hunting for a permanent boss.
Further reports suggest the Old Trafford bosses prefer PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino, but hijacking the Argentine might not be as straightforward mid-season.
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Pochettino on Tuesday, November 23 subtly played down talks about a move to Manchester United during a press conference, saying he was purely focused on the PSG tasks at hand.
"The rumours are there, but that kind of thing cannot distract me," he said.
“I am so happy at Paris St-Germain."
Valverde could be a decent fit for United since he is a mixture of experience and a known title-winner.
His last managerial stint was with Barcelona, where he won successive La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey, before eventually being sacked in January 2020.
Prior to Barcelona, he managed Olympiakos in Greece where he won several titles. He also has a decent record with Espanyol, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, who he managed for over 300 games combined.
The general feeling at United is that an interim coach will bring the some stability to the club while working with the remaining coaching team, including Michael Carrick.
Carrick wins first game since Solskjaer’s departure
Legit.ng earlier reported that for the moment, Michael Carrick remains the coach on interim capacity and he made the best possible start to life at the dugout in the Champions League.
United ran out 2-0 winners over Villareal on Tuesday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho deep in the second half.
In his first match as interim boss, Carrick made several changes, with the most notable one being the addition of Donny Van de Beek to the starting XI at the expense of Bruno Fernandes.