Mark Hughes rules himself out of Man Utd interim job as Pochettino links hot up

Former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes says he won't be taking over as the club's interim manager as the search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's replacement ramps up.

The former Manchester City, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers boss has been out of work since his ill-fated nine-month spell at Southampton came to an end back in 2018.

United are in the market for a new head coach and are considering moves for Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag.

Though because all three managers are currently employed, convincing any of them to join mid-season could be tricky, and rather expensive.

As such, there's talk of the club hiring an interim manager to guide them through the rest of the season, before appointing Solskjaer's permanent replacement in the summer.

First-team coach Michael Carrick has been handed the reins for now, but he could be the first of two caretaker managers the club appoints during the campaign.

A number of past United stars have been linked with the temporary role, including Steve Bruce who has publicly declared interest.

But former Wales international Hughes insists he isn't in the running because no one from the club has contacted him.

"Well there's a lot of people who've got my phone number at United and I haven't had a call yet, so let's put that one to bed I think," he told the talkSPORT on Tuesday morning.

The 58-year-old says he thinks United were caught off guard by the club's recent poor run of form and weren't expecting to sack Solskjaer – hence the lack of organisation in finding his replacement.

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"They weren't anticipating that they would have to make a change this early. Clearly, it's been enforced as a consequence of the Watford performance," said Hughes.

"I think they thought they could get over the international break and come back strong, regroup and get back on track.

"But that clearly didn't happen against Watford and the news around the club and Ole just became too loud and something had to give."

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