Revealed: Utd’s five-man shortlist to replace Ole — and there’s one big name missing... for now
He may have got off to a winning start, but it looks like Michael Carrick won’t be at the wheel for much longer as Manchester United look to appoint an interim manager as swiftly as possible following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Carrick oversaw a 2-0 win away to Villarreal on Wednesday morning (AEDT) to see Manchester United qualify from their Champions League group as winners with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho scoring the decisive goals.
And he will likely also be in charge for the game against Premier League leaders and Champions League holders Chelsea over the weekend.
However, that is likely to be his last game in the dugout as manager, with United hoping to appoint one of the names on their five-man shortlist to replace him as interim boss before the game against Arsenal on Friday morning (AEDT).
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The Telegraph is reporting that the five names on the shortlist are Ralf Rangnick, Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Rudi Garcia and another unnamed foreign manager.
Rangnick is currently head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow and is recognised as one of the founding fathers of the “gegenpress” philosophy so successfully implemented by Jurgen Klopp.
Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde and former Lille coach Rudi Garcia have both won domestic titles before with Valverde having experience of managing big-name stars, although he is not a strong English speak like Garcia is.
Lucien Favre is the fourth name on the list and managed £73m investment Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund for 18 months until he was sacked last December. He’s another who favours a pressing style of football.
They are hoping that one of them can oversee the type of turnaround that Rafael Benitez and Guus Hiddink did when completing the same role at Chelsea in the past.
However, the report also claims that Manchester United have not approached PSG over the availability of Mauricio Pochettino, despite the former Tottenham coach’s interest in succeeding Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
Manchester United reportedly believe there is very little chance of a club of PSG’s stature letting their manager go midway through a season so they are pressing on with their plan A of appointing an interim boss.
Pochettino will certainly be a large part of the conversation of who takes the reins permanently at the end of the season, although there is little to suggest that he is the front-runner for the role.