Manchester United contacts ex-Manchester City Premier League manager Roberto Mancini

The Old Trafford club are looking for a long-term solution to their current management issues, with a slew of names from across the continent linked with a stint at the club in recent days.

The most important target has been current Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino – who is in Manchester for the French club’s Champions League game with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

However, Old Trafford officials have turned to a former employee of the defending Premier League champions, according to a new report from sources in Germany this week.

According to information from BILD Football Manager Christian Falk, Manchester United have contacted former Manchester City manager and current Italian national team head coach Roberto Mancini for the available managerial position.

The Italian coach’s response was simple: No.

Christian Falk says Roberto Mancini responded to the contact with Manchester United officials saying it was his duty to qualify for the next World Cup in Qatar with the Italian national team.

It seems that Manchester United now have to continue their research elsewhere, and with issues surrounding Mauricio Pochettino’s possible mid-season appointment are now emerging, an interim coach can be the solution.

It could take the struggling Red Devils to Ernesto Valverde, Rudi Garcia or perhaps former Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce – who has reportedly expressed interest in the vacant position at the club he has had his career with.

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