Manchester United have interviewed former Lyon boss Rudi Garcia for the position of interim manager.

According to the National, Darren Fletcher spoke to Garcia before last night’s 2-0 win over Villarreal.

Garcia left Lyon at the end of last season and has been without a club since. United have also reportedly interviewed former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde for the role.

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

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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.

“When I read a good idea, I try to put it in my sauce — my ingredients. But you cannot only copy in this job. You have to have courage in your own convictions.

“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. I had opportunities to go to Everton and Southampton a long time ago.”

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Garcia has also managed clubs such as Lille, Marseille and Roma in his career so far.

Those are teams of good pedigree with passionate, expectant fans, but it is fair to say that the United job would be on another level to any of his previous work.

What about Pochettino?

United outlined on Sunday their intention to hire an interim manager before making a long-term appointment in the summer.

It has been reported that Mauricio Pochettino would join from Paris Saint-Germain now, but the Argentine played them down on Tuesday.

If Pochettino is available now, United should jump at that opportunity, rather than bringing in an interim and then making another change in the summer.

But it seems they are pressing ahead with the interim plan – or at the very least putting it in place in case Pochettino cannot be secured – having interviewed at least two candidates now, Garcia and Valverde.

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