Man Utd in talks with Ernesto Valverde about becoming interim manager

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Manchester United are in talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde to become interim manager at Old Trafford.

United parted ways with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a terrible form recovery, which culminated in a 4-1 loss to Watford last weekend.

The Norwegian gave a farewell interview to MUTV when the club announced that they would try to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

And according to the Guardian, United have begun talks with 57-year-old Valverde about succeeding Solskjaer.

The Spaniard has been in discussions with football manager John Murtough about taking the lead on a temporary basis and has already started looking at players to improve the current squad if he were to get the gig.

Man Utd hope that Valverde’s experience of handling Lionel Messi in Barcelona will make him the perfect candidate to tackle Cristiano Ronaldo.

Valverde has been out of work since being fired by Barça in early 2020. He led Blaugrana to two La Liga titles, but was best remembered for their collapse against Liverpool in the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals.

But Barcelona’s path after Valverde’s departure has fallen off a cliff, where the club lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich, left under both Real Madrid and Atletico in La Liga last season and could not sign Lionel Messi again this summer.

Valverde has previously spoken about his desire to succeed in England before and said: “I would not mind trying it. You get a feeling that there is a respect for what the game is.”

While Valverde is hailed as a temporary appointment, 90min understands that PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers are both willing to take charge of a full-time contract immediately.

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