Manchester United hoping to follow proven Chelsea example as they search for new manager – Football.London

Ahead of hosting Manchester United this weekend, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel still does not know who he will be facing in the opposition dugout.

The Red Devils sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend following the 4-1 humbling at the hands of Watford.

Former midfielder Michael Carrick was then handed the reins on a caretaker basis, whilst the club launched their search for an interim boss to take them until the end of the season, when they will hope to find a permanent successor for the Norwegian.

Thus far, a number of names have been mentioned in connection with the vacancy – one of those being former Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

However, the appointment of an interim coach appears far more likely if reports are to be believed.

According to The Telegraph, the Red Devils have a five-man shortlist of those under consideration for the role.

These include Ralf Ragnick, ex-Barcelona man Ernesto Valverde, Lucien Favre, Rudi Garcia and another as yet unnamed fifth option.



Guus Hiddink had two temporary spells in charge of Chelsea
Guus Hiddink had two temporary spells in charge of Chelsea

It of course remains to be seen who will take the reins, and even if they will be appointed before this week’s showdown at Stamford Bridge. One thing that is clear though is that they will be aiming to follow a tried and tested formula that the Blues have been successful with.

As per the reports, it is suggested that the Red Devils are hopeful of the team experiencing a similar ‘bounce’ to that of the tenures of Guus Hiddink and Rafa Benitez in west London.

The Dutchman has overseen two caretaker spells with Chelsea following the departures of Luiz Felipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho and has certainly stabilised the club after tumultuous periods.

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Meanwhile, Benitez, although not universally loved by the Chelsea fans, did manage to lead the club to the Europa League title after taking the reins from Roberto Di Matteo.

United then will certainly hope the same could be said of the man next in charge at Old Trafford.

So, whilst the Red Devils will be hoping to claim three points from Chelsea this weekend, it already seems that they have taken a little bit of inspiration from Stamford Bridge.

It is a tactic that will keep Tuchel wondering who he is set to face, though.

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