Rudi Garcia talks about his interview for United interim manager job last year

Rudi Garcia was interviewed for the position of Manchester United interim manager last year before the club elected to go for Ralf Rangnick.

The former Lyon boss has spoken about how his Old Trafford audition went, in front of director of football John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher.

As per Foot Mercato, Garcia thought it went well, but of course United opted for Rangnick, who has overseen some progress although will not lift silverware.

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“In Manchester, the interviews went pretty well,” he said.

“I saw John Murtough and Darren Fletcher. I told them I had to work on my English and Darren, who is Scottish, had a cool joke telling me that I did not yet have the level with the Scottish accent to answer, but that it was very good.

“I find it respectful to speak the language in the country where you work. At Marseille and Lyon, I waged war on my players to take French lessons.

“When you see Carlo Ancelotti speak our language despite his departure from PSG, it’s high class.”

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According to the National, Fletcher spoke to Garcia before November’s 2-0 win over Villarreal under the caretaker management of Michael Carrick.

Garcia left Lyon at the end of last season and has been without a club since.

In an interview with the Athletic in October 2020, Garcia said he is friends with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and outlined his footballing philosophy, with the report saying he admires the Spaniard.

He said of Guardiola: “We are friends. He’s done well everywhere, but I don’t have only one influence. I like to read about coaches, what they think and feel.

“I like my teams to have the ball. To play short passes, to be collective. The defence is stable, I let my forwards be as creative as they want. They have freedom.

“I’m closer to a Spanish philosophy, but England was the home of football. Maybe I’ll go to Italy or England again in the future.”

In Rangnick, United finally hired a manager with a clear philosophy but only gave him six months and no authority to implement it.

He will of course be involved with the club longer term but it remains to be seen what form that capacity takes and there are doubts over Murtough and Fletcher in important club roles.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.