Michael Carrick is expected to be in charge of Manchester United for Sunday’s game against Chelsea, with the club looking for an interim manager until the end of the season.
Carrick has been appointed on a temporary basis as United go through a thorough process to appoint an interim boss following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week, before looking for a permanent successor.
The club plans to make a permanent position at the end of the season and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is their first choice, with Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag also on their minds.
Talks are underway with a number of candidates, including Ernesto Valverde and Ralf Ragnick, with some reports suggesting former Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia has also been approached.
Sky Sports News have been told United have not spoken to anyone before Solskjaer’s departure.
United are not ruling out the possibility of a mid-season move to a permanent manager – even if they appoint an interim manager in advance.
It is clear that former Tottenham manager Pochettino would be interested in moving to Old Trafford, although he said on Monday that he is “so happy” at PSG and will not allow United’s interest to distract him from his current role.
Pochettino joined PSG in January and has a contract with the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2023.
There are a number of highly qualified people United would consider longer term if available.
The club are looking to take the time to get the right person for the long term – with the interim seen as someone who can quickly bring stability and momentum for the rest of this season.
Solskjaer was sacked by United on Sunday after being in charge at Old Trafford for just under three years.
His last game was a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford on Saturday, leaving United eighth in the Premier League, 12 points behind leader Chelsea after 12 games.
No time for sentiment now at Man Utd
Sky Sports Adam Bate…
There was a moment during the second half of Chelsea’s win over Leicester City at King Power Stadium when the rowdy away support chanted Frank Lampard’s name. It was a nice change after an hour of ‘super Tommy Tuchel’.
This is how it should be. The former goalscorer fondly remembered. The master tactician in the dugout. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s name will continue to be sung by Manchester United supporters. Gone are the days when he got to choose the team.
Perhaps it is time for the notion of Manchester United exception to be attributed to history as well. The idea has taken root that there is something idiosyncratic about the club that only those steeped in its customs and culture can decipher. It’s absurd.
Think of the knights they want to emulate. Sir Matt Busby was a former Liverpool player. Sir Alex Ferguson came from Aberdeen, not as his Padawan, but with an already compelling case for being regarded as Europe’s best manager. No sentiment involved.
Those who live in the past are doomed to repeat it. But it is not Ferguson’s trophy-laden years that Manchester United are likely to repeat if their retrograde stance continues, but the stagnation that has followed. Nostalgia cannot inform decisions.