Sir Alex Ferguson ‘gives backing’ to Steve Bruce taking Man Utd job until summer

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to former captain Steve Bruce in taking over the Red Devils as interim manager until the end of the season.

United confirmed on Sunday that Ole Gunnar Solskajer had departed the club following their 4-1 defeat to Watford at the weekend.

Assistant manager Michael Carrick will now take of the forthcoming matches until a successor is appointed.

However, the statement confirms United are looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season rather than a permanent boss.

And legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed ex-Newcastle gaffer Steve Bruce to take the reins at the Theatre of Dreams.

Football Insider report Bruce's incredible return to Old Trafford "should not be ruled out" and that Ferguson is said to be pushing for his return behind the scenes.

Although Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane are the early favourites for the vacancy there are problematic hurdles with their potential appointments.

Zidane is unwilling to relocate at this current time and would prefer to take charge at the start of a new season so he can undergo a squad revamp and keep his family settled.

The appointment of Pochettino would also prove difficult as United would need the approval of owner Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani before approaching the Argentine.

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However, any proposition for Bruce would not need prior approval; the ex-United captain is unemployed and available for work.

The former Sunderland boss was recently axed by arch-rivals Newcastle after the Suadi Arabian Public Investment Funds £300m takeover.

Though the consortium did let him oversee his 1000th game, a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

But after just one month unemployed, the 60-year-old might already have a route back into management, due to the support of his former manager.

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