Rudi Garcia addresses Manchester United manager links

By George Smith

Former Roma and Lyon boss Rudi Garcia has refused to be drawn on reports linking him with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a temporary basis at Manchester United, amid claims that he has been interviewed for the role.

United made the decision to sack Solskjaer on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the 4-1 defeat to Watford, and confirmed that they would be looking to bring in an interim manager, before deciding on a permanent replacement for the Norwegian next summer.

Although United want to bring Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino to Old Trafford, and he is understood to be keen on the move, the club's first approach, the Manchester Evening News understands, for the Argentine has been rejected by PSG, meaning the club may be forced to go down the route of sourcing an interim boss on a temporary basis after all.

Various names have been linked with the position, including Garcia, who is currently out-of-work after leaving Lyon at the end of last season.

It has also been reported elsewhere that the 57-year-old has had an interview.

Despite those claims, Garcia is remaining coy on the speculation, insisting he is not prepared to confirm or deny anything. The Frenchman made the admission ahead of commentating on Manchester City's UEFA Champions League clash with PSG on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

"I’m already there in Manchester," joked Garcia. "I’m here to comment on a very good game between Manchester City and PSG.

"In all seriousness, I don’t usually comment on rumours in my career. I won’t say anything about it.

"Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. I neither confirm nor deny anything."

Garcia is one of several experienced coaches to be linked with United and succeeding Solskjaer on a temporary basis, including Ralf Rangnick and Ernesto Valverde.

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