Ferguson not involved in choosing next Man Utd boss as duo given responsibility

Sir Alex Ferguson will play no part in the hunt for Manchester United's next permanent manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's three-year reign at Old Trafford was brought to an end on Sunday, less than 24 hours after United's dismal 4-1 loss against Watford.

The defeat was the club's fifth in seven league matches and left them 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Michael Carrick has taken temporary charge of the side – and is in the dugout for tonight's Champions League clash with Villarreal – while the search for Solskjaer's long-term replacement kicks into gear.

Since retiring eight years ago, Ferguson has acted as a director and ambassador for Man United, and has played a key part in the club's managerial appointments.

He infamously handpicked former Everton manager David Moyes to replace him in 2013, and recommended handing Solskjaer the job permanently after the Norwegian came in as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho's departure in 2018.

The 79-year-old also helped bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club in August, speaking to the player directly to convince him to reject an offer he had on the table from Manchester City.

But it's understood the legendary Scot will play no formal role in the club's search for a new head coach, with football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher given the responsibility of identifying and assessing candidates.

Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are at the top of United's wish-list, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane pulling out of the running over a reluctance to work in England.

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Recent reports indicate that Pochettino – who United have admired for a while – is open to quitting his role at Paris Saint Germain to take the job immediately.

It puts the Argentine in pole position as moves for Rodgers and ten Hag would likely have to wait until the summer, with both managers keen to see out the campaign with Leicester City and Ajax respectively.

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