Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as Man Utd manager at the weekend after defeat to Watford – with Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Haag the earlier favourites to replace him
Manchester United have no plans to deviate from their intention of appointing an interim boss to see out the season.
United are looking to appoint an interim manager following Sunday’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after nearly three years in charge.
Michael Carrick has been appointed caretaker boss until an interim candidate is appointed, and the former United midfielder will take charge of his first game away to Villarreal in the Champions League tomorrow.
Paris St Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino remains United’s first-choice to take over on a permanent basis next summer, but Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag are also on the shortlist of candidates.
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United are convinced they will be unable to lure any of their permanent targets at this stage of the season, hence their decision to go the route of an interim appointment until the end of the current campaign.
Former United defenders Laurent Blanc and Steve Bruce have been touted as potentials to fulfil the interim role, as has Ralf Rangnick, currently working as a sporting director at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.
Solskjaer said an emotional farewell to his United players and backed them to succeed following his sacking.
Solskjaer, axed by United after winning four points from 21, was close to tears following his dismissal, but left his former players with a inspirational final message.
“As I’ve said to them this morning, trust yourselves, you know we’re better than this,” said Solskjaer.
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“We’ve not been able to show it but go out, chest out, enjoy being a Manchester United player, Champions League, on the biggest stage.
“If and when you win the game, you’re through to the next round, Michael Carrick is going to be in charge.
“Michael, I’ve got the utmost respect for, I love Michael to bits.
“I’m becoming emotional now, because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them.”
Solskjaer admitted he paid the price for not being able to take United to the next level, but said he was convinced he had left the team in a better place.
“I’m going to leave by the front door, because I think everyone knows I’ve given everything for this club,” said Solskjaer.
“This club means everything to me and together we’re a good match, but unfortunately I couldn’t get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside.
“It’s been a ball, it’s been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because, since I came in, they’re top lads, top people.
“I’m so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came.
“I’ve been backed. The board and the owners have backed me in terms of bringing good players in and I think, or I know, I leave this club with a better squad.
“I’m proud of what we did. The first run, that was enjoyable. But then to finish third, second place last season, ahead of arguably one of the best teams in Europe, I think that’s a great achievement as well.”
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