Is Rudi Garcia coming to Manchester United?

Rudi Garcia has begun talks with Manchester United to become their new interim manager.

‘The Red Devils’ have hit the ground running since the departure of club legend Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer. Their first game under Michael Carrick was a huge success. The English side defeated Group F rivals, Villareal 2-0, to advance to the last-16 of the Champions League.

However, the Manchester club will not make the same mistake twice and offer their former player a permanent contract. United are currently on the hunt for an interim manager to take over until the summer. According to the Manchester Evening News, United’s football director, John Murtough, has been orchestrating the club’s hunt for a new boss. As per N-Sport, Garcia is one of the names in the pipeline.

The Frenchman has spoken to the club regarding the role, and it is understood that his arrival at Old Trafford is a genuine possibility. The 57-year-old led a Lille side, featuring a 17-year-old Eden Hazard, to a French domestic double in 2010.

He also already has some popularity at Old Trafford for dumping Manchester City out of the Champions League in 2020. But how would he fit at the Theatre of Dreams?

What Garcia could bring to the club

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, United have fallen from grace. The Likes of world-class managers Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho couldn’t turn the formidable tide, as the Manchester club drowned further into the abyss. But Garcia has experience of overcoming obstacles of this magnitude.

When the Frenchman took over at Lyon, the Ligue 1 giants were 14th in the table, but that wasn’t an issue for Garcia. He completely turned the club’s fortunes and led them to a French Cup final and a Champions League semi-final, defeating Juventus and City in the process.

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This type of success wasn’t a one-off for the midfielder who also transformed Roma from a mid-table side to domestic runners up. His ability to deal with Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi is of incredible importance if he gets the United job.

Old Trafford is home to the best players on the planet. Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba require the world’s best managers to keep them in line. Judging by his history, Garcia would be up to the challenge.

Garcia’s teams play with a dynamic attacking style which would excite fans at the Theatre of Dreams. His charisma will no doubt make him a hit with the English media, and his ability to enhance the clubs he manages whilst developing young players will no doubt go down a storm with the Old Trafford faithful.

Is his appointment likely?

However, Garcia isn’t the only name in the running for the job. Murtough has also approached former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. Alongside Darren Fletcher, he will have to decide who he thinks is the best possible option to take the club forward.

Read: How Ernesto Valverde can revitalise Manchester United in one key area.

Garcia may not be the man to take over the mantel as Manchester United boss. But if he was to get the opportunity, there’s a good chance that he could make a positive impact. If he could utilise Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo to their full potential whilst developing Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, then ‘Red Devils’ fans could have a lot to cheer about.

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