- Manchester United named five-man shortlist for their interim boss role
- Ralph Rangnik, Lucien Favre, Ernesto Valverde and Rudy Garcia are on the list
- Former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca will also be considered for the position
- Steve Bruce’s agent has also offered his client a temporary vacancy.
- sportsmail Understands that there is no permanent substitute in the five-member shortlist
- The Red Devils only want an interim before long-term decision over the summer
Manchester United have identified a five-man shortlist for their interim manager role that includes former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde as they look for a temporary successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
sportsmail Understands that the former Catalan boss is listed along with former RB Leipzig managers Ralf Rangnik, Lucien Favre and Rudy Garcia, who led Lyon to the Champions League semi-finals in 2020.
Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca will also be considered for the role, while PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is still interested in the position but is not convinced United have made a significant approach for him yet.
Lucien Favre (above) is on the five-man shortlist for Manchester United’s interim manager role
Sportsmail could reveal Ernesto Valverde (L) and Ralph Rangnik (right) are also being discussed
sportsmail It also understands that Steve Bruce’s agent has offered his services to United while Unai Emery is another outside candidate.
Valverde has already held talks with Manchester United football director John Murtaugh over the role and the Spaniard’s representatives have informed sportsmail He is willing to take up the temporary post.
But the 57-year-old manager, who has been out of a job for nearly two years after being sacked from Barcelona, knows other candidates are being considered.
Former RB Leipzig boss Rangnik is one of them, with the current Lokomotiv Moscow sporting director having a long-term desire to work in England. The 63-year-old German knows Murtaugh closely with his football directors.
Former Lyon bosses Rudy Garcia (left) and Paulo Fonseca (right) are also being considered
Former Dortmund manager Favre is also talking to United, six months after the Swiss coach broke talks with Crystal Palace, with the Eagles post finally moving to Patrick Vieira.
Meanwhile, Fonseca agreed terms to become Tottenham’s manager in the summer, but Italian sporting director Fabio Paratici pulled the plug on the deal, hiring Nuno Espirito Santo instead.
Former Roma boss was also considered for Newcastle boss but that role was filled by Eddie Howe.
Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has also been considered for the job, but the Spaniard called his move to Old Trafford this week “absurd”.
United chief Ed Woodward only wants one interim manager before season’s end
sportsmail Understands that United are not considering the five names on the shortlist as permanent options and believe an interim appointment will bring stability during a chaotic season, before a more prolonged process begins in the summer.
United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat by Watford last weekend, with Michael Carrick installed as caretaker boss until an interim meeting.
Carrick won his first match as the Red Devils in charge against Villarreal on Tuesday night to seal the club’s progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
PSG boss Pochettino would be keen to move to Old Trafford but remained silent when asked about his future during a press conference in Manchester on Tuesday.
Reports on Wednesday claimed PSG had denied an initial approach by United for Pochettino’s services, but the Argentine did not agree a reasonable offer has been made by the Premier League club.
Speaking ahead of PSG’s clash against United’s rivals City on Wednesday, the Argentine boss said: ‘Football is about today, not tomorrow.
‘Football is about results. You live in the present, it is not about living in the future. We are in a business where there are rumours. I completely understand what is happening.
‘We can’t talk about it because of the respect I have for our club and my respect for the other club. What the other club is doing at that moment is not my job, it is not my problem.’