Sir Alex Ferguson will have “no formal role” in Man Utd’s manager search


Sir Alex Ferguson is not expected to play a “formal role” in the search for the club’s next coach, although he has remained at Old Trafford as director since retiring in 2013.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired on Sunday morning after the embarrassing defeat against Watford the day before. Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary management and secured a win in his first match against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

United are considering how to proceed and have planned to hire an interim manager until the end of the season, before going for a long-term employment this summer. However, if their preferred candidates are available earlier, they can jump directly to the later stage.

90min has already revealed this week that Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino, the two top candidates, would be willing to leave their current jobs at Leicester and Paris Saint-Germain respectively to join United now. However, the ball is in the Old Trafford hierarchy.

Carrick will have at least a week or two in charge and the club is not opposed to leaving the novice boss in the hot seat anymore if there is an increase in results on his watch.

But Ferguson, who famously hand-picked David Moyes as his successor in 2013, will not be actively involved in the search this time. ESPN writes that the 79-year-old Scotsman will have “no formal role”, with responsibility for driving things and judging the various candidates who fall for Darren Fletcher and John Murtough in their roles as technical director and football manager respectively.

It is said that they will report to Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold before a final decision is signed by co-chair Joel Glazer. Whether Ferguson could still play an informal role or at least be consulted for his opinion at some point is unclear, but he has been asked for advice in the past.

90min understands that of the two main permanent candidates, Ferguson and the Glazer family are admirers of Pochettino – Fergie has even cultivated a personal relationship with the Argentine in recent years, while others in the United hierarchy prefer Rodgers and he has the most support.

As for potential interim, United are believed to have contacted ex-Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, while even Steve Bruce has thrown his hat in the ring.

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