Manchester United

Manchester United draw up managerial shortlist as PSG refuse to part with Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino was keen on taking up the vacant managerial role at United
Pochettino was keen on taking up the vacant managerial role at United / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Manchester United have drawn up a five-man shortlist as they look to replace the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis.

Solskjaer was let go by the club following the 4-1 defeat to Watford last weekend - the latest in a string of a disastrous run of results that saw a return of five defeats from seven league outings.

Michael Carrick has been appointed caretaker until United can appoint a successor to Solskjaer. According to the Daily Mail, the club have shortlisted five candidates for the role, including Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Ralf Rangnick, Paulo Fonseca, and Rudi Garcia.

The report claims that Valverde and Garcia have already held talks with United’s director of football John Murtough. Garcia said: "I will say nothing on the subject. I neither confirm nor deny."

However, Rangnick appears to be the club's number one choice to step in and take over control at Old Trafford until next summer. Rangnick is currently the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow, but has previously coached in Germany with Schalke and RB Leipzig.

United are reportedly keen on appointing Mauricio Pochettino, who is willing to leave Paris Saint-Germain immediately, but the Ligue 1 giants are adamant to hold on to the Argentine.

Meanwhile, Carrick will continue to lead the Red Devils as they take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.