Manchester United will try to appoint an interim boss by the end of the season.

The club confirmed the plan in a statement posted on the club’s official website.

This is independent of Michael Carrick, who takes on the responsibility as caretaker.

The interim boss will arrive on a fixed-term contract, while United also wants to hire a permanent manager from next summer.

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This time United have to stick to the plan

This replicates the plan under which Solskjaer was appointed in December 2018.

Back then, expect Solskjaer to win nine of his first 10 games and then win a Champions League tie against PSG, and United abandoned his plan and hired him full-time two months before the end of the season.

Hopefully United has learned the lesson of sticking to the plan and not being swayed by emotions when the interim boss gets strong results.

Who could come in?

This decision means that a permanent move from Zinedine Zidane is very unlikely.

Brendan Rodgers is also not leaving Leicester mid-season to take over at United.

Possible options as interim boss are Laurent Blanc or Ralf Rangnick.

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By the summer, it is very likely that Erik Ten Hag will be ready to leave Ajax or Mauricio Pochettino could become available.

The pool of potential permanent contenders is slim right now and United have better chances of getting it right next summer.

This shows that United did not have a succession plan for Solskjaer.

Hiring an interim could backfire as United are essentially writing off this season when there is a lot to play.

The team have a crucial Champions League game against Villarreal mid-week and aim to continue to qualify for the competition next season by finishing in the top four in the Premier League.

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