Manchester United are considering Ernesto Valverde for the position of interim manager, reports The Guardian.
United’s statement when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked was that the club were looking for an interim boss until the end of the season.
Reports via The Mail of Mauricio Pochettino’s desire to take the job immediately have since tarnished prospects.
The Guardian report United are still scrutinizing all options and Valverde is a possible transition option.
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Who is Ernesto Valverde and what do Manchester United fans need to know?
1) Ernesto Valverde is best known for his tenure as Barcelona coach between 2017 and 2020. He is currently unemployed.
Valverde won 66.9 percent of his games in Barcelona, in which he led the team to two La Liga titles and a Copa del Rey trophy. He lost only 16 out of 145 games.
In the middle of his third full season, he was sacked on disappointing form.
2) Valverde earned the Barcelona job with a strong run as coach of Athletic Bilbao, for which he made 170 appearances as a player.
During this time as coach of Bilbao, Valverde led the team to win a Super Copa trophy against Barcelona. They qualified for it after finishing second in the Copa del Rey.
3) Valverde’s first real managerial success came in Greece with Olympiakos.
Valverde led Olympiacos to three championship titles and two Greek cups in a trophy-rich time.
4) Valverde also held various managerial roles for Valencia, Espanyol, Villarreal and the Athletic Bilbao Academy.
In the past 20 years Valverde has directed more than 700 top division games.
5) Valverde has played twice against Manchester United as a coach and won both games.
He was responsible for the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United in 2019. Barcelona won 1-0 at Old Trafford and 3-0 at Nou Camp.
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Is Valverde a Good Option?
As interim boss, Valverde puts several boxes for Manchester United.
He has a lot of experience of winning titles in two different countries and has proven that he can handle big names and star players.
Valverde also knows Cristiano Ronaldo well from the management of his teams against him.
His Champions League experience also counts in his favor, although late knockout failures against Roma and Liverpool are black spots against him.
Valverde was criticized for the way his 4-3-3 style was implemented towards the end of his tenure in Barcelona, with Barca Bluegrunes claiming his side lacked identity and were too passive.
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