Steve Bruce ‘very keen’ to speak to Manchester United about manager role

Steve Bruce is ready to take charge at Manchester United (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Steve Bruce is said to be ‘very keen’ to speak to Manchester United about becoming interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal.

Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning following a dismal run of results that culminated in a 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on the weekend.

United confirmed in their statement following Solskjaer’s sacking that they wish to appoint an interim manager, before making a long-term appointment this summer.

Options are relatively thin on the ground, with Zinedine Zidane said to have rejected the role and Laurent Blanc tied up in a role in Qatar.

Bruce feels he’d stabilise things at Old Trafford (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Michael Carrick will take charge of the side for the clash against Villarreal this week but the Athletic claim that Bruce has thrown his hat into the ring to take charge for the remainder of the season.

The former United skipper was sacked by Newcastle earlier this month but he intends to continue his career in management and he feels he can provide ‘stability’ at Old Trafford.

Bruce spent nine years at the Theatre of Dreams and he recently managed his 1000th game, making him an experienced choice should United look for a safe pair of hands for the remainder of the campaign.

Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are the two leading candidates to take charge on a full-time basis but neither looks likely to make the move anytime sooner, with the summer appearing more likely.

Rodgers has an £8m release clause in his contract and Leicester are desperate to keep hold of the former Liverpool boss, while Mauricio Pochettino is just a year into his tenure in France.

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