Manchester United announced three days ago that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ceased to be the first team coach. The Norwegian received a severance payment of £ 7.5 million from the club. Temporarily, Solskjaer was replaced by Michael Carrick, who had previously been his assistant. The club said in a statement that it is looking for a temporary solution until the end of the 2021/2022 season.
Valverde to take over Manchester United?
Carrick’s debut was successful, because on Tuesday, Manchester United won 2-0 in the away game of the fifth round of the Champions League with Villarreal after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (78) and from the club’s debut – Jadona Sancho (90). Thanks to this, the English club has already secured promotion to the next stage of the Champions League.
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Manchester United’s presidents are still looking for a new coach. They have even had preliminary talks with Ernesto Valverde, former Barcelona coach.
He worked for the Spanish club in 2017-2020 and won two Spanish championships and the national cup. Barcelona’s Valverde was released in January 2020 despite the team being the La Liga leader at the time and reaching the Champions League knockout stage.
A few days ago, this 57-year-old trainer revealed in an interview with “The Observer” in June this year that he would be willing to start working in England. “I could work there, I wouldn’t mind such a scenario. You have the impression that they respect football there” – he said.
Valverde would become a temporary coach – only until the end of the 2021/2022 season. Number one on the Manchester United CEOs’ wish list is Mauricio Pochettino, currently under a contract with PSG. – I feel great in Paris. I only focus on the ball, I’m not a child. There is speculation, but you have to live with it, I respect my employer. I won’t comment on that, “said Pochettino.
Manchester United, who is only eighth in the Premier League table, will play a very prestigious match on Sunday. He will face the league leader – Chelsea. The meeting starts at 17.30.