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Rudi had an ‘advanced’ proposal from the Red Devils

Former Lille boss Rudi Garcia told Le Figaro his discussions about the interim at Old Trafford.

He said: “I’ve been sent all over planet football, with real news and fake news too, it’s quite funny to read that.

“I had several proposals, in England, Spain and France, but the most advanced, and which really got closer, was with Manchester United.

“They made the choice of Rangnick, but it also testifies to the international recognition that I can have, where the leaders only look at the results.

“My two places as vice-champion of Italy with AS Roma, a Europa League final with Lyon and a Champions League semi-final with Lyon, that counts in the eyes of some.

“In Manchester, the interviews went pretty well. I saw John Murtough and Darren Fletcher, told them I had to work on my English.

“Darren, who is Scottish, had a cool joke telling me that I was not yet up to the mark with the Scottish accent to respond, but that was fine.

“I find it respectful to speak the language of the country where you work. In Marseille or Lyon, I waged war on my players to take French lessons. When we see Ancelotti speak our language despite leaving PSG, it’s classy.