Exclusive: Man United hopeful of appointing interim manager in time for weekend

Manchester United remain adamant they want an interim manager to oversee the remainder of the season before targeting a permanent successor next summer.

Having bid farewell to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday following an abysmal 4-1 thrashing against Watford, the Red Devils are now on the lookout for a new manager (Man Utd).

In light of Solskjaer’s departure, Michael Carrick, along with the assistance of technical director Darren Fletcher, has taken charge of the first team.

Newcastle-born Carrick marked the start of his managerial career with a win on Tuesday night after the Red Devils beat Villarreal 2-0 to qualify for the Champions League’s Round of Last 16.

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However, with Carrick focusing on the current task in hand, Stretty News understands that the club’s decision-makers remain hard at work when it comes to deciding on who will lead the side for the remainder of the season – and that does not exclude Carrick.

Other candidates for the role are understood to include former Borussia Dortmund and Lyon managers Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia (Telegraph).

The Red Devils’ next match will be back in the Premier League on Sunday against Thomas Tuchel’s high-flying Chelsea and although a final decision has yet to be made, the club is hopeful an interim manager can be in place for their trip to London.

However, despite the club focusing on who to appoint, we understand that whoever ends up being the successful candidate, several key members of the coaching team are more likely to remain in their current roles than they are to be dismissed – this includes coaches Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan.

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