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Ernesto Valverde gives a hint of how he will manage Cristiano Ronaldo if he becomes Man United boss

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ernesto Valverde is considered to be the favourite to become the next Manchester United manager
Ernesto Valverde is considered to be the favourite to become the next Manchester United manager / GIUSEPPE CACACE/GettyImages

Former Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde is being tipped as a favourite to become the next Manchester United boss after the club management confirmed that they have opened talks with the Spaniard over the role.

A host of managers have been linked with the role including the likes of current Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino who is understood to be the number one option to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils have reportedly also made an approach regarding Pochettino's availability, but they have been forced to assess other options considering that PSG might not let the Argentinian leave in the middle of the season.

Valverde for his part in an interview with Guillem Balague last month opened up on how he treats football legends at his clubs, which might give an idea of how he would manage Cristiano Ronaldo if he does move to Old Trafford.

When asked by Balagué if he treated football legends like regular players, Valverde replied: “Yes, I tried to do that. But I had the same relationship with him (Messi) as with the others, or similar. It’s obviously always a little different, because of what Leo meant to the club, what he meant to the rest of the team, his ascendance with the rest.

“He was a player everyone passed to, everyone often gave him a lot of responsibility and he accepted it. So, you have to keep that in mind. Yes, but in the same way, you try to make it as natural as possible to put it that way.”

Valverde is highly experienced when it comes to being a manager and is widely known for his time at Barcelona, who he led to the LaLiga title in each of his his two full seasons in charge alongside a Copa del Rey title and Spanish Supercopa - winning 97 matches of his 145 matches at the helm with them.