Italy boss Roberto Mancini ‘could be an option’ to take over as Manchester United manager in the summer and is ‘tempted’ by a return to the Premier League.
The Old Trafford hierarchy are currently searching for a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with interim boss Ralf Rangnick in charge until the end of the season before he takes on a consultancy role.
Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with the vacancy, along with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Spanish duo Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui.
Italy boss Roberto Mancini ‘could be an option’ to take over as Manchester United manager
Old Trafford chiefs are currently searching for a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
But Mancini, the man who delivered Manchester City’s first Premier League title, is also now in the frame for the post, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian told Rio Ferdinand on the former United defender’s FIVE YouTube channel: ‘Let’s see what happens with Roberto Mancini.
‘Mancini will be busy with Italy to see what happens with the World Cup with qualifying in March, but that could be an option.
‘He is tempted by the Premier League, he wants to come back to the Premier League one day.’
Ferdinand, who made over 450 appearances for United, was quick to dismiss any chance of Mancini getting the job by replying ‘no chance’.
Mancini led his native Italy to Euro 2020 glory over England in last summer’s final at Wembley
But transfer expert Romano played up the prospect again by insisting ‘he could be an option’ for United.
Mancini, who led Italy to Euro 2020 glory over England in last summer’s final, has his hands full with his current role at present.
Despite being the reigning European champions, the Azzurri face an uphill task to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
They must win two play-off ties in March to book their spot in the tournament but will first have to beat North Macedonia and then will face either Portugal or Turkey in the final.
Mancini delivered the Premier League title for Manchester City back in the 2011-12 campaign
It would be surprising for Mancini to leave his role as Italy manager if they do qualify for the World Cup.
Mancini has plenty of experience managing in the Premier League, having worked across Manchester at the Etihad Stadium for four years.
During his time there he won 113 of his 191 matches in charge and delivered the Premier League title in 2011-12 thanks to Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner against QPR that, incidentally, denied Sir Alex Ferguson and United.
He also won the 2010-11 FA Cup and led Inter Milan to three successive Serie A titles from 2005 to 2008.
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