Valverde fits the template of an experienced coach who may not expect to get the job on a permanent basis after the stint as interim manager.
The Spaniard’s last managerial role was with Barcelona, whom he guided to successive La Liga titles and the 2018 Copa del Rey before being sacked in January 2020.
He also won the Greek title on three occasions with Olympiakos and had successful spells in charge of Espanyol, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, whom he managed for more than 300 games across two spells.
Valverde has had no direct involvement in the English game but does speak the language.
United feel an experienced interim manager, likely working alongside current coaches including Michael Carrick, who took charge for Tuesday’s Champions League win against Villarreal, will bring stability and the space to have a comprehensive assessment of the managerial situation.