Man Utd snub Sir Alex Ferguson as duo tasked with leading search for new manager

Manchester United are searching for a new manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and placing Michael Carrick in temporary charge for Tuesday’s match against Villarreal

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Sir Alex Ferguson will not be directly involved in Manchester United ’s search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s replacement, according to reports.

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Ferguson has retained a position of influence at United over the past eight years, despite stepping down as manager in May 2013.

The 79-year-old, who was United manager for 27 years, has been a director on United's football board ever since retiring.

He famously chose his successor, David Moyes, and was also instrumental in helping bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer.

But the Scot will not play a part in United’s efforts to find a new manager after Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday following a disastrous 4-1 defeat by Watford.

Sir Alex Ferguson will not be involved in appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor
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Solskjaer’s assistant, Michael Carrick, has been placed in temporary charge of the side, who face Villarreal in a crucial Champions League tie this evening.

Carrick is not expected to be given the role on a full-time basis, however, and ESPN reports that it will be football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher who will identify United’s next manager.

Murtough and Fletcher only took up their current roles in March, but now find themselves with a hugely important decision to make.

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United are looking for their fifth permanent manager since Ferguson’s departure after Solskjaer joined Moyes, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal in being sacked by the club.

The duo will lead the search on a day-to-day basis before reporting to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold, although a final decision will be left to chairman Joel Glazer.

Lots of coaches have been linked with the vacant position over the past few days, but one has begun to stand out.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday after a run of five defeats in seven Premier League games

Mauricio Pochettino has long been admired at Old Trafford, including by Ferguson, and is understood to be the preferred candidate for the role.

Pochettino is open to a Premier League return and the Manchester Evening News reports that the club are confident of appointing him sooner rather than later.

Paris Saint-Germain, who are in Manchester to play City in the Champions League on Wednesday, reportedly want a fee of £10million to buy the Argentine out of his contract.

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Pochettino is said to be unhappy in the French capital and is currently living in a hotel while his family remain in London, where he spent five years in charge of Tottenham.

If a deal cannot be done for Pochettino then there are other candidates on United’s radar.

The Athletic says Ralf Rangnick is admired by Murtough, although his role as head of sport with Lokomotiv Moscow would complicate an approach.

Former United defender Laurent Blanc, who is currently in charge of Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan, is another possibility.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is available after leaving the Spanish giants over the summer, but is not thought to be keen on the job.

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