MANCHESTER UNITED are ramping up their pursuit of an interim manager with Ernesto Valverde and Ralf Rangnick favourites to join temporarily.
That’s after United were dealt a blow in their pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino as boss.
The French club have been irked by reports the former Spurs manager could head to Old Trafford and have reportedly blocked an approach.
United have now put any move for Poch, 49, on hold until at least the summer.
Brendan Rodgers remains in the running, but United will have to stump £8million to prise him away from Leicester City.
In the meantime, former Barcelona, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao manager Valverde remains a popular option to become United’s interim manager.
The Spaniard, 57, has been out of work since leaving the Nou Camp last year, when he was replaced by doomed Ronald Koeman.
And Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel wants to see his former team-mate Steve Bruce take temporary charge at the Theatre of Dreams.
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland has been urged to join rivals Liverpool over Manchester United or Chelsea.
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