Revealed: The five foreign coaches Man Utd will pick as interim boss


Manchester United plan to put in place a new interim boss “as soon as possible” – and will choose from five options, according to a report.

The Red Devils are in the process of recruiting a new manager to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian was eliminated after unacceptable form which resulted in seven losses in his last 13 games in charge. However, life is already improving after an important victory under the leadership of interim boss Michael Carrick at Villarreal.

Yet that was not enough for Paul Scholes, which still questioned the club and its decision to recruit two players.

However, ignoring the criticisms, the club embarked on an initial process of recruiting a transition manager. This man will likely guide the club until May, when a permanent successor will take over.

According to The telegraph of the day, this list has five names in total. This hunt is being led by director of football John Murtough – and he hopes to have a new man in place before the end of this week.

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At the top of the list of preferred candidates is Ralf Rangnick.

The 63-year-old currently works at Lokomotiv Moscow as head of sport and development.

Ragnick has a great track record in management, having done tremendous jobs at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

He also has the necessary qualifications to secure the position permanently, such are his influences as a coach. He also brings with him a certain assurance and calm; exactly what United need to navigate their current choppy waters.

There remains a slight concern that he might be stepping on Murtough’s toes a bit, and his role should be clearly defined before any appointment.

Man Utd discuss vacancy with Valverde

United are also in talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.

The 57-year-old has an excellent footballing CV; The Spaniard won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey while managing Barcelona.

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He also won a few Greek titles in two separate spells at the helm of Olympiacos. The former striker has also managed Athletic Bilbao (twice), as well as Villarreal, Valencia and Espanyol.

But his last job was with the Catalans between May 2017 and January 2020. Barca sacked him in the middle of the 2019-2020 campaign and he has been out of work since.

Others in the fray are former Lyon boss Rudi garcia, while the former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucian Favre is also under consideration.

Paulo Fonseca candidate for the role of Man Utd

Perhaps the most surprising option is that of former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.

He was interviewed by Tottenham over the summer and was close to the job before a late change of mind.

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They finally opted for Nuno Espirito Santo; his reign proving to be extremely short-lived.

Fonseca was also one of the options Newcastle considered ahead of Eddie Howe’s appointment.

The Portuguese coach has reportedly had several rounds of talks with the Magpies. Indeed, one report described five signatures he recommended doing in January.

And if he wants to move to the Premier League, a transfer from United for the Portuguese – albeit temporary – would come as a surprise.

United, however, want a new man to come see them until May.

Although Carrick is well respected at Old Trafford, he’s unlikely to see the job beyond this weekend.

United will face Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge in what could prove to be the last game of Carrick’s goalkeeper spell in charge.

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