Manchester United contact Ernesto Valverde for interim manager job, per report – CBSSports.com

While Manchester United has zeroed in on their top candidate for their managerial vacancy in Mauricio Pochettino, where they would move if they can’t get him is anyone’s guess. It has already been reported that Pochettino might be available for a price but being under contract until 2023, that price is hefty. While there had been no contact between the two parties as of yesterday, that could change in the near future as United looks to leave no stone unturned in their search. Though, for Pochettino’s part, he attempted to tamp down interest for United in his press conference ahead of facing Manchester City, saying, “I thought I made it clear. I have a contract until 2023. This season and next. I am happy with PSG. It is a fact. It is not up for debate. I am happy in Paris.” According to Guardian correspondent Jamie Jackson, Manchester United has now made contact with Ernesto Valverde in hopes of securing his signature as an interim manager if the names like Pochettino they’ve been linked to can’t happen during the season. It is a fluid situation and one that reeks of a team without a plan, as while United knew that they had to move on from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, doing so without a quick replacement lined up threatens to sink the current season. Manchester United board had a direct contact with former Barça manager Ernesto Valverde today, as per @JamieJackson___

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