Manchester United consider hiring former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini instead of Mauricio Pochettino

Roberto Mancini is a surprise contender for the Manchester United job (Picture: Getty)

Italy manager and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is a candidate to take over at Manchester United next summer, according to reports.

The Red Devils finally sacked club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend following a poor run of form which left United seventh in the Premier League.

Ralf Rangnick has been confirmed as Manchester United’s interim manager and will be in charge until the end of the season, when he will move into a consultancy role at Old Trafford for a further two years.

Paris Saint-Germain boss and ex-Tottenham manager Pochettino has emerged as the frontrunner to be Solskjaer’s permanent replacement, with the Argentine said to be interested in a move to Manchester.

Pochettino’s PSG are already 12 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table and safely through to the Champions League knockout stages, but there is a sense the 49-year-old is not completely satisfied in Paris as he attempts to keep three superstars in Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar happy and implement his own style on the French giants.

While Pochettino continues to be heavily linked with Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph say Mancini is also a figure of interest to the Premier League giants.

Mancini has been in charge of Italy since 2018 – leading the nation to European Championship glory last summer – and won the Premier League and FA Cup during his spell at Manchester City a decade ago.

Mauricio Pochettino is the frontrunner to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Pictures: Getty)

The 57-year-old is committed to his job with Italy but the Telegraph say his head could be turned by Manchester United, with a return to the Premier League an appealing prospect.

Elsewhere, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford while Zinedine Zidane has seemingly ruled himself out of the race.

Following Solskjaer’s sacking, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand backed Pochettino to be the next Red Devils manager.

‘I don’t think that Pochettino leaves PSG during the season,’ he said on Vibe with FIVE. ‘He’s a man or integrity, he’s a man of respect.

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‘I think he’s grateful for the opportunity to be at PSG and as a man, I think he’ll just say: “If they want me that bad they’ll wait”.

‘I think from the media that we saw over the last couple of years when he was out of work, that for him Man United is the pinnacle, is the club he’d love to get to, get his hands on and guide the club.

‘He’s got a lot of stuff going on at PSG so you have to be respectful in that sense. It’s about what PSG want as well because they’re not the kind of club that will just relinquish their manager.

‘I’m putting money on Pochettino, for the end of the season, start of next season, my money’s on Pochettino being manager.’

Since Solskjaer left Old Trafford, Manchester United have beaten Villarreal in the Champions League and drawn with Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils face in-form Arsenal on Thursday night but caretaker boss Michael Carrick may still be in charge due to delays with Rangnick’s work visa.

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