Manchester United are in talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde about becoming an interim manager at Old Trafford.
United split from club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a terrible run of form that culminated in a 4-1 loss to Watford last weekend.
The Norwegian gave a farewell interview to MUTV when the club announced they would appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
And according to the Guardian, United have started talks with 57-year-old Valverde about Solskjaer’s successor.
The Spaniard has spoken to football director John Murtough about taking responsibility on a temporary basis and has already started looking for players to improve the current squad should it get the gig.
Man Utd hope Valverde’s experience dealing with Lionel Messi at Barcelona will make him the perfect candidate for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Valverde has been unemployed since being fired from Barça in early 2020. He led Blaugrana to two La Liga titles but was mostly remembered for their breakdown against Liverpool in the 2018/19 Champions League semi-finals.
However, Barcelona’s trajectory after Valverde’s departure has fallen off a cliff as the club lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich, ended in La Liga last season under both Real Madrid and Atletico and failed to sign Lionel Messi again this summer.
Valverde has previously spoken of his desire to manage in England: “I wouldn’t mind trying. You get the feeling that you have respect for the game there. “
While Valverde is touted as an interim date, 90min understands that PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers are both ready to take on full-time contracts immediately.