Manchester United have shortlisted Pep Guardiola’s “special” friend Luis Enrique in their search for a new manager.
With just over three months left in the season, Manchester United are still looking for a permanent replacement for Ralf Rangnick, and have selected Pep Guardiola’s “special” friend.
Guardiola considers one of United’s targets to be “one of the best managers he has ever seen,” according to Guardiola.
Both Spaniards have won trebles with Barcelona and established their names on the managerial map after dominating at the Camp Nou, with Enrique’s triumph in 2015 following Guardiola’s triumph in 2009.
Despite Enrique shutting down rumours after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ousted in November, asking a reporter if it was April Fool’s Day, the Red Devils are considering him.
Enrique would be a difficult target to obtain given his commitment to the Spanish national team until after the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year, but United are thought to be open to ‘exploring’ the prospect.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is a favorite among United’s players, but Rangnick believes Ajax’s Erik ten Hag would be a suitable fit.
While Enrique was being linked with the Chelsea job, the City manager stated: “He has the level to train everywhere, no problem at all.
“Luis Enrique is one of the best managers I have ever seen. He is a friend of mine so I know he can do whatever he wants.”
And during Enquire’s three trophy-laden seasons in charge of Barcelona, which ended in 2017, Guardiola claimed that he had “no doubt” his pal would be a success in the dugout by giving another rave review.
The Spaniard also guided Spain’s side to the semi-finals of the European Championships last summer.