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Manchester United: Paul Scholes insists club should not name Michael Carrick as their new manager

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Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand insist Man United should NOT consider naming Michael Carrick as their new boss as they must have ‘the very best’ – despite Owen Hargreaves claiming they may ‘should’ check him out











Paul Scholes has insisted that Manchester United should not consider hiring Michael Carrick as their new manager, despite the interim boss sending them through to the Champions League last-16.

Carrick, in his first game in charge after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking at the weekend, oversaw a 2-0 win at Villarreal – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho both scoring in an improved team performance.

The plan is for Carrick, a United legend, to remain at the helm as the club look to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season, but the surprise calls for him to keep his role after the showing in Spain.

Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand say Michael Carrick should not be the boss of Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target to give Carrick victory in Villarreal, his first game in charge

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target to give Carrick victory in Villarreal, his first game in charge

However, Scholes is adamant that United should turn their attention elsewhere.

Asked about Carrick landing the job at BT Sport, he said: ‘I don’t think so, but who knows? After Chelsea there is a series of 10 games that are very easy to win.

“This is Man United. You have to have the very best at the helm. Michael Carrick? Look, he’s a coach. He has been in charge as manager for one game.

But Scholes believes United have the 'very best' at the helm after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking

But Scholes believes United have the ‘very best’ at the helm after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking

United delivered an improved performance, but Carrick is not expected to be a long-term option

United delivered an improved performance, but Carrick is not expected to be a long-term option

‘Nowhere else experience. That is not possible. Frankly, I can’t, no matter how much I like him. You need the very best.’

Owen Hargreaves started the debate over Carrick as one of the candidates to replace Solskjaer, but both Scholes and Rio Ferdinand – another team-mate of the former United midfielder – strongly disagreed.

“Of course it could all change at Chelsea, but if Michael gets a result,” said Hargreaves.

“When he wins like Ole, no one expected him to get the job full-time, but because his results were there, they did it. If Michael keeps clean sheets and climbs on the table, they will have to watch him. They have to.’

However, Owen Hargreaves said more positive results would mean United weigh in on Carrick

However, Owen Hargreaves said more positive results would mean United weigh in on Carrick

Ferdinand sided with Scholes, adding: “I don’t think they will give it to Michael.

“One thing is for sure: they are actively looking for someone as an interim who can guide us until the end of the season, and then they are looking for someone else to come and work at the end of the season.

‘You’re looking at Laurent Blanc; someone who wouldn’t be full time.

‘Someone like [Mauricio] Pochettino when he was out of work… there were whispers that he wanted to come to Manchester United during that period and it depends on how PSG see it.

Ferdinand (pictured) is adamant United will not hand over the reins to Carrick permanently

Ferdinand (pictured) is adamant United will not hand over the reins to Carrick permanently

“We have to wait and see, but Man United should ask if they want a manager who has a job. Those conversations are now continuing.’

Current PSG boss Pochettino is the favorite to take over permanently at United, and sports post revealed this week that he would like to compete mid-season.

However, it has now emerged tonight that United have also held talks with Ernesto Valverde, the well-known former coach of Barcelona.

Mauricio Pochettino is the favorite to replace Solskjaer and wants to move to United mid-season

Mauricio Pochettino is the favorite to replace Solskjaer and wants to move to United mid-season

But Old Trafford heads have now held talks with former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

But Old Trafford heads have now held talks with former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

The club has shortlisted five candidates for their interim role and it has emerged that Valverde is one of the names under consideration.

He is out of work after leaving the Camp Nou in January 2020, and recently spoke with United’s football director John Murtough.

Clearly he would only be a temporary option as United have other candidates for the summer including Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag.

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