Manchester United is reportedly in talks with former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde to become the club’s interim manager if they cannot prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Paris Saint-Germain.
Sportsmail revealed that Pochettino is ready to move to Old Trafford immediately as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement, but the situation is still unclear if United wants the Argentine to be the next boss.
United is still working on a plan to install a temporary boss to succeed Janitor Michael Carrick before he gets a permanent job at the end of the season.
The club has shortlisted five candidates for the interim position and it turned out on Tuesday night that former Barcelona coach Valverde is one of the names under consideration.
Valverde is currently unemployed after leaving Barça in January 2020 and the 57-year-old Spaniard has had talks with United football director John Murtough.
Valverde has the advantage of having worked for one of the best clubs in the world but has no Premier League experience despite having expressed an interest in training in England.
It’s believed that Valverde would only be an option for the interim role, and United has other candidates for the summer including Pochettino, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers, and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.
Zinedine Zidane has also been linked but it’s believed he is reluctant to move to Old Trafford and more likely to be a replacement for Pochettino at PSG.