Roberto Mancini could be considered as a “wild card candidate” to be installed as Manchester United manager from next summer.
The Telegraph reveal that the Red Devils are considering a shock swoop for the former Manchester City boss.
Mancini could become available if Italy fail to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, but a job at Old Trafford could even be enough to turn his head if he does not get sacked by the Azzurri.
Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are also being considered for the role.
Mancini returning to Manchester would certainly be something. His links to the blue half of Manchester could prove a stumbling block – especially as he was the first manager to win the Premier League title for City.
However, he has proven himself an elite tactician during his current spell at Italy where he won Euro 2020 and he has also brought through talented youngsters to the senior side.
Despite all of this, Pochettino, Ten Hag and maybe even Rodgers all seem to be better fits. Mancini has proven to be slightly volatile in his previous club roles, whereas United need calmness and stability.
United announced an interim manager Ralf Rangnick this week following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.