A new favorite for the role of Manchester United interim manager has emerged following the first-choice candidate’s withdrawal, according to a journalist.
The Red Devils are looking for a temporary boss in the next few days. A report on Wednesday revealed They had five options on their list for whom they could lead them until the end of the season.
And the man who topped that list was 63-year-old Ralf Rangnick. He is currently working behind the scenes for the Russian Lokomotiv Moscow team.
His previous coaching activities at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig made him an attractive choice.
but talkSPORT-Moderator Alex Crook said Rangnick would stay where he is. From Russia it is said that his name must be crossed out.
According to Crook, that’s what brought former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde to the top. It seems like the most likely date, according to a tweet.
Valverde, 57, has been unemployed since January 2020, despite having an impressive leadership résumé.
With Olympiacos he won the double in Greece in both the 2008/09 season and the 2011/12 season.
And spells in his native Spain with Athletic Bilbao (twice), Villarreal, Valencia and Espanyol brought him back to the club, for which he played 22 times from 1988 to 1990.
After taking over the helm of Barca in May 2017, he won two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey. Ultimately, his reign ended due to poor form in the 2019/20 season.
Valverde was interviewed by United earlier this week. Although considered second best after Rangnick, he should be welcomed as a positive appointment at Old Trafford.
Others are in battle Ex-Lyon-Manager Rudi Garcia, former coach of Borussia Dortmund Lucian Favre and the former Tottenham attack Paulo Fonseca.
Slower progress for permanent bosses
On the permanent leadership front, United has been told why two of their top executive candidates are not going to take their “headache” of a role from Thierry Henry.
An official approach for PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino was repulsed by the French club.
And while Pochettino may be interested but unavailable, his co-target Zinedine Zidane seems disinterested despite being currently unemployed.
Arsenal legend Henry has explained why the Red Devils need to focus their attention elsewhere …