Ex-Barca Manager Ernesto Valverde May Take Over as Manchester United Manager

Ernesto Valverde
Ernesto Valverde. Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Manchester United’s search for a new manager has reportedly led them to former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde. According to multiple reports, the club’s brass had talks with Valverde on Tuesday to see whether he would be willing to take the position on an interim basis.

The Premier League side has cast a wide net in efforts to identify the best replacement for the fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. So far, most of the process is focused on finding someone to take the club through the rest of the season before embarking on a search for a permanent solution in the summer.

Several other names have also been linked with the interim manager job at Man Utd besides Valverde. The club already contacted former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick, but the German is believed to be content with his role as Head of Sports Development with Lokomotiv Moscow. Ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is also in contention.

It is believed that Manchester United would like to make Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino their long-term manager. However, the issue is that Pochettino only recently agreed to a new deal with PSG and that the Ligue 1 club isn’t keen on letting him go mid-season. United hopes their stance might soften in the summer, and they are willing to wait to get their man.

Man Utd parted ways with Solskjaer over the weekend after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford. The club legend and current assistant Michael Carrick is serving as a caretaker at the moment.