Manchester United have reportedly spoken to Ernesto Valverde about becoming their interim manager.
The 57-year-old, who has won La Liga twice and a Copa del Rey during his two and a half years at Barcelona, has been unemployed since leaving Camp Nou in the summer of 2020.
The Guardian reports that Valverde has held talks with Man United football manager John Murtough to take over on a temporary basis.
The report adds that the senior Red Devils are aware that Valverde has worked with Lionel Messi and therefore would be comfortable handling Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is understood that Valverde has started to probe for potential players he could add to strengthen the squad if nominated.
On the prospect of managing in England, Valverde told The Observer in June: “It could be.”
“I wouldn’t mind trying it. We get the impression that there is a respect for what the game is. ”
Michael Carrick is currently the interim game-by-game boss following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking this weekend.
A permanent appointment will be made after the end of the season, but it is understood that Man United will abandon this strategy if they can now get Mauricio Pochettino from Paris Saint-Germain.
Pochettino addressed the reports at a press conference on Tuesday, insisting: “I am focusing on football.
“I am not a child, I am not a child. I have spent my whole life playing football. We are in a business that the rumors are out there, I understand that.
“This is the world we live in. I am so happy at Paris Saint-Germain. We are so focused on trying to achieve the best possible results. “
“I am happy in Paris. I know the city well both as a player and a coach, I have always experienced this type of situation. Things happen and it’s not my responsibility. What I’m going to say if you ask me is that I’m happy in Paris.
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