Former midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Spain manager Luis Enrique would “transform” Manchester United into a “great team” if he was appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement.
United, who booked their place in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday evening, are on the hunt for their next permanent manager, as well as an interim boss, after making the decision to sack Solskjaer on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino is understood to be United’s number one target to replace the Norwegian on a long-term basis, but their first move for the Argentine has been rejected by PSG, meaning they may be forced to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season, when they may have a stronger chance of poaching Pochettino.
However, the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach is not the only name being linked with replacing Solskjaer on a permanent basis, with the likes of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, Ajax chief Erik ten Hag and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane being heavily linked with the role.
For Hargreaves, however, he would like to see Spain boss Enrique land the job.
“I think [Pochettino] commands respect, I think he demands work from the players. But all these names are great names,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“Brendan has great experience in the league. Zidane, surely the language barrier has got to be a thing.
“[Erik] Ten Hag has done unbelievable with Ajax, but they’re the best team in Holland – is he going to be able to dominate the ball over here in the Premier League like he does in Holland?
“I think one name that’s not on there, which I’d like to see, is Luis Enrique.
“If you manage a big football club like Barcelona, and you won the treble there, and then you can go and take a pretty average team to a semi-final [of Euro 2020] in Spain, I think that’s the type of guy [United need].
“And he’s only managing the national team, so I think he could come in and do the job now.
“I think he would transform United from a good team into a great team.”
Unfortunately for United, Enrique is understood to be incredibly happy in his position as manager of the Spain national team, currently overseeing the early stages of a long-term project.
He has already addressed the reports linking him with Old Trafford and played them down, asking the reporter who asked him about the job: “Is it April Fools Day?”