Steve Bruce offered to Man Utd by his agent

Jason Soutar
Steve Bruce speaking to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United have been offered Steve Bruce by his agent as the club search for an interim manager, according to reports.

Bruce has emerged as a surprise candidate following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

The 60-year-old enjoyed a successful spell at Old Trafford during his playing days, winning three league titles as well as three FA Cups under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Michael Carrick is in temporary charge of the Red Devils and oversaw their 2-0 win at Villarreal on Tuesday evening.

United are reportedly keen to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season before bringing in a long-term successor for Solskjaer.

According to The Athletic, Bruce wants to hold the fort until the end of the season as he believes he can ‘stabilise’ the dressing room.

Furthermore, the 60-year-old’s son, Alex, has confirmed that his father would be interested in taking over at Old Trafford if the opportunity arose.

Alex told Sky Sports: “I think they need to get a world-class, elite manager. If they can’t find someone at this present time, then I’m sure he would be up for it.”

And according to the Daily Mail, the ex-Newcastle United boss’ agent has offered his services to Man Utd.

Bruce was dismissed as Magpies manager last month with the north east club winless in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Man Utd have opened talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde over the vacant managerial role, according to reports.

Valverde has been out of work since leaving the Catalan club back in 2020, spending two and a half years in charge.

The Spaniard won two La Liga titles as well as a Copa del Rey after joining from Atletico Bilbao in May 2017.

According to The Guardian, Valverde has held talks with United’s football director John Murtough over the vacant role.

The Premier League club are ‘conscious’ that the 57-year-old has worked with Lionel Messi before, so hold no reservations over his ability to manage Cristiano Ronaldo.

Valverde is understood to be one of five candidates on the Red Devils‘ shortlist for the interim role.