Manchester United have been told that Steve Bruce would lend a helping hand if they are searching for a club legend to take interim charge until the end of the season. The former defender’s son, Alex, believes supporters should ‘watch this space’ over a potential return to Old Trafford the 60-year-old in the aftermath of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
Solskjaer was dismissed on Sunday after overseeing a terrible period of form, which was culminated by the 4-1 thumping by Watford the day prior.
United have begun their search for the Norwegian’s replacement and it has been widely reported that they might appoint a short-term manager before hiring an elite coach in the summer.
Bruce, who departed Newcastle last month following the eye-watering £305million Saudi-backed takeover, has been suggested as a possible interim boss.
Although reports have suggested that former Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino would be willing to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Old Trafford, rumours linking Bruce with the role have intensified after his son told fans that he would be willing to help the Red Devils.
Bruce Jnr, who played under his dad at Hull City, has warned that United must appoint a ‘world-class’ coach in the long-term – seemingly ruling his father out of that category – but has suggested that his experience might help.
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“Who knows? I think everyone knows he has a great relationship with the club. If they needed him, I’m sure he would be there to help,” Bruce Jnr told Sky Sports.
“But I think it’s important that Manchester United get the next manager right.
“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.
“In terms of the long-term, it’s important that the hierarchy get the next manager right and give whoever that person is time to improve the team and time to improve the squad and put Manchester United where they need to be.”
Asked if there was merit in having a well-known, former United player as an interim boss, he continued: “Well, there have been a few names bandied about for if they do go down the interim route.
“Dad carries a lot of experience. He knows a lot about the club. One thing you can say about the people there at the moment is that they don’t carry a lot of experience.
“Whether they want someone to come in and give them a hand for the time being, if they don’t make that elite appointment, we’ll just have to watch this space.”
United started the post-Solskjaer era with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal, easing them through to the Champions League knockout rounds. Cristiano Ronaldo and a first Red Devils goal for Jadon Sancho sealed the win in Spain.
Michael Carrick, placed in caretaker charge, has downplayed the personal importance of the success.
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“It’s not an important result for me personally. It’s an important one for the players and the club,” Carrick told BT Sport.
“It’s an important result for the players, tonight is not about me by any stretch.
“It’s obviously been an emotional few days. The first person I spoke to after Ed [Woodward] asked me to do this role was Ole, to almost see what he thought about it because I felt that was the right thing to do.
“I have a responsibility to be here managing the team and I take great pride in that. It wasn’t about me tonight though, it was about getting through [the group].
“It was a massive game, when you get to this stage in the Champions League it can swing so easily both ways, so it was vital we came here and got the right result and we managed to do that so I’m delighted.”