Lucien Favre and Rudi Garcia impressed the officials of Manchester United in the first talks about an interim manager.
The Old Trafford hierarchy held talks this week, with Football Director John Murtough leading the discussions.
Although United had suspected that Mauricio Pochettino could quickly take over as permanent coach, the club are looking to find a temporary coach so that he can make a more informed decision about the future.
Some sources claim that Old Trafford executives are no longer as convinced of Pochettino as they have been claimed and that the real main target remains Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.
While United are evaluating all of this, the top priority in the short term is to create a transition period to stabilize the team, to lead a charge back into the Champions League seats and perhaps for the European Cup.
It’s obvious the Premier League is out of reach, but United have seen the impact other temporary coaches can have.
That’s why Garcia, and especially Favre, have impressed so far. The latter, a new coach from Borussia Dortmund, has more experience with the final stages of the Champions League. Garcia has previously done well with Roma.
Favre outlined a system he sees with the team that has proven particularly compelling, and how he would encourage certain players.
Among the other names discussed are Ernesto Valverde, Paulo Fonseca and Ralf Rangnick. Rangnick would probably have fitted the profile best, but he would be interested in a role after every intermediate position.