MANCHESTER UNITED are reported to have interviewed Rudi Garcia as a possible interim manager to lead them through to next summer.
The Red Devils installed Michael Carrick as caretaker after sacking club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday.
Club officials plan to replace Carrick quickly with an experienced short-term boss until the end of the season.
That will give the Old Trafford hierarchy time to find and appoint a long-term manager for the 2022/23 season.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to take over but United may have to wait after PSG blocked his exit – despite claims he was ready to join them immediately.
Veteran tactician Garcia is understood to have spoken with United bosses ahead of their Champions League victory over Villarreal – Carrick’s first match in charge.
The 57-year-old Frenchman has never managed in England but has a track record of breathing new life into ailing clubs.
United won just one of their last seven Premier League games under former boss Solskjaer.
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Garcia led the Lyons side that knocked out United’s crosstown rivals Man City in last season’s Champions League.
He was named manager of the year in Italy after twice leading Roma to the Serie A runners-up spot behind the unstoppable Juventus.
And he led Lille to their first silverware in 50 years by recording a league-and-cup double back in 2011.
The ex-midfielder speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian – skills he is said to use well in helping multinational dressing rooms to gel.
He joins former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde in interviewing for the interim Old Trafford job as United fans await a decision.
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