‘Is today April Fools’ Day?’: Luis Enrique laughs off rumours linking him with Manchester United after reports claimed Cristiano Ronaldo wanted Spaniard to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s new manager
Spain manager Luis Enrique has laughed off rumours linking him with the vacant Manchester United position after it was claimed he was Cristiano Ronaldo’s preference as the new manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked as United manager on Sunday morning, with the club already on the hunt for the Norwegian’s successor.
And according to Sky Sports, influential forward Ronaldo wants Enrique to replace Solskjaer in the Old Trafford dugout, rather than reunite with Zinedine Zidane.
Spain boss Luis Enrique has laughed off rumours linking him to the Manchester United job
Cristiano Ronaldo (above) reportedly wants Luis Enrique as the new Manchester United boss
But the Spaniard poured cold water on the prospect of the switch, saying to Spanish TV channel La Sexta: ‘Is today April Fools’ Day?’
Former Real Madrid manager Zidane worked with Ronaldo at the Spanish giants, where they won three successive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018.
But Ronaldo, 36, who is understood to have a big influence at the club, prefers Enrique rather than the Frenchman or Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who are three of the most prominent names in the running – but it now appears he will not be coming.
Ex-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, now at Paris Saint-Germain, and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers are thought to be long shots as things stand.
The club are considering replacements for the beleaguered Norwegian after his departure
Enrique has been leading Spain since late 2019, and reached the semi-finals of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, before bowing out to eventual winners Italy on penalties.
The 51-year-old managed Barcelona to two LaLiga titles and a Champions League crown in his three years at the Nou Camp, the same time Ronaldo was at their rivals in Madrid.
United axed Solskjaer after an embarrassing performance in a 4-1 drubbing by promoted Watford, following on from convincing defeats at the hands of rivals Liverpool and Manchester City by an aggregate score of 7-0.
Former midfielder Michael Carrick, on the United coaching staff, is in temporary charge until the club find an interim manager.
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