Manchester United in negotiations with Ernesto Valverde for interim manager job | Manchester United

Manchester United have spoken to Ernesto Valverde about becoming their interim manager. The 57-year-old was Barcelona’s manager from May 2017 to January 2020, where he won La Liga twice and a Copa del Rey, and is out of work.

It is understood that Valverde has discussed with John Murtough, United’s football director, about taking over on a temporary basis, with the club aware that after working with Lionel Messi in Barcelona, ​​he would be comfortable managing Cristiano Ronaldo . Valverde has started pointing to potential players he could add to strengthen the squad should he be named.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær was fired on Sunday, and Michael Carrick was appointed caretaker on a match-by-match basis, the club’s stated plan is to hire a temporary manager before making a permanent appointment in the close season.

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Valverde is believed to be one of five candidates on the list for the temporary role and United are ready to abandon that strategy if they can get Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain now. Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is another manager that United consider to be of the necessary caliber for the permanent job.

Valverde, who has managed six clubs since 2002, was asked in an interview with the Observer in June about a day that could potentially work in England. “It could be,” said the Spaniard. “I would not mind trying it. You get a sense that there is a respect for what the game is.”

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Valverde has also won trophies with Olympiakos and Athletic Bilbao and in 2007 led Espanyol to the Uefa Cup final.

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