Manchester United’s director of football John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher alone will reportedly be responsible for the next managerial appointment
Sir Alex Ferguson will have no say in who Manchester United will hire to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as boss.
According to reports, Manchester United’s director of football John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher alone will be responsible for the next appointment.
Michael Carrick has been put in temporary charge and guided the Red Devils to a 2-0 victory over Villarreal in the Champions League in his very first match.
United are looking to hire an interim manager for the remainder of the season, with Ernesto Valverde reportedly in the frame, before eventually making a permanent hire.
The man at the top of united’s wishlist to lead them for the foreseeable future is Mauricio Pochettino.
The initial plan was to enter into talks with the Argentine at the end of the season and attempt to negotiate him out of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.
It has since transpired that United can free Pochettino from his contract by paying a £10million compensation fee.
Ferguson has been keeping his cards close to his chest as developments have emerged.
But his opinion on who is the best candidate to replace Solskjaer at Man United will undoubtedly influence the club’s final decision, even if the intention is to leave him out of the hiring process.
Ferguson is a huge admirer of Pochettino and previously spoke at length on why he rates him so highly.
“Well, the manager has been fantastic,” Ferguson said back in April 2016. “They have a bad record of managers, there is no doubt about that.
“They have had so many over the years, but this lad has composure. You never see him ruffled and the way his team play is a testimony to the work he is doing.
“The most important thing for English football is how many English and young players are in his team. He understands the advantage of playing young people.
“They won’t let you down and they have been fantastic. [Dele] Alli, [Harry] Kane, [Ryan] Mason, [Danny] Rose, [Eric] Dier, all English players. [Kyle] Walker, the right-back, although he has been there for a bit longer.”
In the same year, the duo also met in London for lunch.
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At the time it was suggested that Ferguson was tapping up Pochettino for Manchester United, as Louis van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford was quickly coming to an end.
But it transpired the pair were simply meeting as friends.
Pochettino said of the meeting to Sky Sports: “For me, it was a dream come true.
“When I was young, when I started my career as a manager, he was always my inspiration, my reference and when you can share two hours with a person who, for me, was the greatest manager in the world, the history of football, you can only enjoy.”