Sir Alex Ferguson WON’T be consulted over who the next Manchester United boss should be, claims ex-Red Devils defender Mikael Silvestre, who insists the legendary manager’s influence at his former side is now ‘minimal’

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  • Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after 4-1 loss to Watford
  • Sir Alex Ferguson replaced David Moyes at Old Trafford in 2013
  • He reportedly would like to see Mauricio Pochettino replace Solskjaer
  • Mikel Silvestre insists Ferguson will not matter in United’s decision

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Former Manchester United defender Mikel Silvestre has insisted Sir Alex Ferguson will not have a say in who should replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.

The legendary manager was heavily involved in the decision to replace David Moyes after his retirement in 2013.

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There has been some suggestion that eight years later, Ferguson still has some influence over key decisions such as who should be the manager.

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Mikel Silvestre says Sir Alex Ferguson will have no say in Manchester United’s next manager

Ferguson reportedly would like to see Mauricio Pochettino replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ferguson reportedly would like to see Mauricio Pochettino replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

It was previously reported that Ferguson wants Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Solskjaer at the Old Trafford dugout.

Silvestre, who played under Ferguson at United from 1999 to 2008, has dismissed claims that his former boss is still involved in managerial decisions.

He told the French publication Team: ‘He is part of the board, but he is not consulted on changing coaches.

‘The last time a coach arrived he had an impact with David Moyes.

Ferguson's influence behind David Moyes in his place at the Old Trafford dugout

Ferguson’s influence behind David Moyes in his place at the Old Trafford dugout

Mikel Silvestre insists Ferguson's power at Manchester United is now 'minimal'

Mikel Silvestre insists Ferguson’s power at Manchester United is now ‘minimal’

‘He’s far from operational. He certainly had this privileged relationship with Ole, but he was left behind.

Solskjaer’s three-year trophy-less reign finally came crashing down on Sunday, less than 24 hours after a humiliating 4-1 defeat at newly promoted Watford.

Michael Carrick has been given temporary charge for the next few matches against Villarreal in the Champions League starting Tuesday evening.

An interim boss will be appointed before a permanent manager takes over at the end of the session.

Silvestre, who plays alongside Carrick at Old Trafford, says the temporary boss will bring ‘peace’ to the club.

Michael Carrick (right) in temporary charge following United's decision to sack Solskjaer

Michael Carrick (right) in temporary charge following United’s decision to sack Solskjaer

He added: ‘He will prepare the team and give his best. He is still in the learning phase but it will still give a boost to the team.

SportsMail has previously reported that Pochettino is set to leave PSG and take on a United role as he is unhappy in Paris.

The former Tottenham boss has been staying at a hotel while his family stays in London, and is said to be frustrated with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe managing the dressing room with big egos.

When Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December 2018, Pochettino was heavily linked to the United job and is still admired by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

Vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who was set to leave his role at the end of 2021, could extend his stay at the club to settle the position of United’s manager.

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