Steve Bruce ‘is VERY keen on becoming interim manager at Manchester United’ after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, with the former Red Devils defender ‘confident he could stabilise the dressing room’ amid player unrest
- Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their recent drop in form
- Michael Carrick will take temporary charge before they get an interim manager
- United legend Steve Bruce would be interested in taking on the position
- Bruce has been out of work since he left Newcastle following their takeover
Steve Bruce is reportedly interested in taking on the position of interim manager at Manchester United.
United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday morning in the aftermath of their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford – which was their fifth league defeat in seven games.
Michael Carrick will take over for the next few games, before an interim manager is put in place until the end of the season.
Steve Bruce would be keen to take over the managerial hot seat at Manchester United
But The Athletic have reported that former United defender Bruce would be interested in taking on the interim vacancy at Old Trafford.
Bruce has been out of work since he was sacked by Newcastle last month following the club’s £305million Saudi-led takeover.
The 60-year-old believes he could help stabilise the fractured dressing room at his former club that is littered with household names.
Manchester United are looking for a new manager after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Former England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has tipped Bruce to take on the role as interim boss before a permanent manager is hired in the summer.
He told Premier League Productions: ‘To move Ole on and to bring someone in, it’s a lot of money.
‘I know they’ve got a lot of money to spend but you’ve got to look at the books and you’ve got to look at where they are.
‘Maybe is a Steve Bruce good? For just six months? I don’t know. Who knows?
‘But it’s a real kind of sticky wicket big time, because either they stick or move. Whatever they do, it might be the wrong answer.’
Sol Campbell says Steve Bruce would be an option to become interim manager at the club
As a player, Bruce spent nine seasons at the club and was a vital part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s success in the early days of the Premier League.
He won three league titles and as many FA Cups before he left the club in the summer of 1996.
Now 25 years later, his club are in turmoil after their awful start to the season, which has included humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.
In Solskjaer’s final few weeks at Old Trafford there was said to be unrest among the camp.
As previously reported, some of United’s biggest stars were frustrated with the club’s alarming start to the season after they were heavily expected to challenge for top honours.
Bruno Fernandes was among the senior players who felt they weren’t getting enough direction from Solskjaer and his coaching staff.
Bruce feels he could stabilise United’s dressing room after recent frustrations at the club
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was one of the club’s big-name signings in the summer, was alarmed with how standards have dropped since he left United 12 years ago.
It was also reported that Eric Bailly asked Solskjaer why he had picked a centre-half – Harry Maguire – ‘who was not fit’ in their Premier League defeat by Leicester last month.
The Ivory Coast international was left out for Maguire at the King Power Stadium, despite the captain having only returned to full training following a calf injury the day prior to their 4-2 defeat in the East Midlands.
Other members of the squad challenged the 48-year-old amid his continued omission of midfielders Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.
Despite growing up a Newcastle fan, Bruce was unable to win himself over with the club’s supporters with regular calls for him to leave the club throughout his tenure.
United have been linked with a number of big name managers to replace Solskjaer, including Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Zinedine Zidane.