Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia ‘impress Man United bosses in talks over interim manager role’

Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia ‘impress Manchester United chiefs in interim manager talks’ after both unemployed bosses were named on a five-man shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season

  • Manchester United have identified a five-man shortlist for their interim boss role
  • Ernesto Valverde, Paulo Fonseca and Ralf Rangnick were shortlisted by United
  • Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia were both impressed in their conversations, according to reports
  • The Red Devils only want an interim boss next year for a long-term decision

Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia have both impressed the Manchester United hierarchy in their respective talks over the vacant interim manager position, according to reports.

sports post revealed on Tuesday that the managerial pair were part of a five-man shortlist for the temporary role at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.

Michael Carrick currently serves as caretaker boss for the Red Devils, winning his first game in charge – a 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal – but United are still looking for a temporary boss until the summer.

Sportsmail revealed that Rudi Garcia was also in talks with reports claiming he's impressed too

Lucien Favre (left) and Rudi Garcia (right) have impressed Manchester United in talks for their interim manager role, according to reports

United chief John Murtough (left) leads negotiations for a new interim manager

United chief John Murtough (left) leads negotiations for a new interim manager

And according to The Independent, Favre outlined a vision for the United team that impressed club bosses in talks this week, while Garcia also impressed in his talks with the Premier League side.

sports post understand that United are only looking for an interim manager to bring stability to the club in a hectic season, before going for a long-term approach in the summer.

Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has already held talks with United’s football director John Murtough, along with former Lyon coach Garcia, who took the French club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2020.

Lokomotiv Moscow’s head of sports and development Ralf Rangnick, former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre and ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca are among the other names associated with the temporary role. But sources in Germany said Tuesday night that Rangnick is cool about the idea of ​​a short-term stint.

Former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is another manager on United's shortlist

On the five-man list is Ralf Rangnick who led RB Leipzig

Sportsmail revealed that Ernesto Valverde (L) and Ralf Rangnick (right) are also being discussed

United have also accepted that it will be too difficult to sign Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain now in the long term.

While PSG denied on Wednesday that an official approach to Pochettino has been rejected, Sportsmail understands United have discreetly tried through a third party to consider whether a move to appoint the former Tottenham boss as permanent manager as soon as possible would be a realistic option. .

Indications are that PSG would be reluctant to let the Argentine leave mid-season and disrupt their campaign, although he is expected to re-emerge in the summer as a leading candidate for United’s post.

United find their bid to get Mauricio Pochettino mid-season rather difficult

United find their bid to get Mauricio Pochettino mid-season rather difficult

While the search for an interim continues, Carrick will remain in charge for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea, after beating Villarreal with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers tried to put an end to speculation linking him to a move to United, saying on Wednesday that he was committed to developing his Leicester team.

Rodgers, who has been touted as a potential replacement for Solskjaer, said: “It’s not real. There is always gossip and there will be until they hire a full-time manager. My bet is here (Leicester). The culture here revolves around the development of the players and that’s where I see it – even more so during this period.’