Premier League: Interim manager will adversely affect Manchester United next season, says Darren Fletcher
Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 points off the Champions League places.
Manchester United run the risk of "writing off" next season as well as the remainder of the current one if they appoint an interim manager to replace Jose Mourinho, former United midfielder Darren Fletcher has said.
United dismissed manager Mourinho on Tuesday after their worst start to a season for 28 years.
A source close to the club has told Reuters that Fletcher's former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club's ex-assistant coach Mike Phelan were set to return to Old Trafford as caretaker managers until the end of the season.
"Manchester United should never be in this position," Fletcher, who won who won five Premier League titles in 12 years at United, told the BBC.
"They're almost writing off this season and next season because if they appoint a new manager in the summer he's not going to have much time to look for new players."
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as the bookmakers' favourite as United look for their fourth full-time manager since 2013 when Alex Ferguson retired after nearly 27 years in charge.
"There is a real concern that you could have two seasons of rebuilding again," Fletcher added.
United are sixth in the league, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 points off the Champions League places.
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