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Man Utd told no by ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini after approaching him for manager role


Manchester United have been sensationally rejected by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini as they continue their search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement, according to reports. Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday after overseeing a terrible run of form that sees the Red Devils fighting to finish in the Premier League’s top four. 

It has been widely reported that United might look to appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season. That was how Solskjaer initially landed the job in December 2018. 

The Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho and did so well in his first few matches that he was appointed on a permanent basis. 

But the club’s recent form, including big defeats against Liverpool, Man City and Watford, condemned Solskjaer to the sack. His successor has the tough job of steering United back among the top-flight’s elite. 

A couple of club legends have already been linked with the job. Steve Bruce, who recently departed Newcastle, has been tipped as a possible interim head coach. His son Alex believes the 60-year-old would be up for helping the club. 

Mauricio Pochettino has long been linked with the United hotseat and although he currently manages Paris Saint-Germain, it has been suggested that he might be willing to depart the French capital and return to England.

However, it now appears that United sought a potentially controversial figurehead. Former City boss Mancini has reportedly been sounded out but has turned down the role. 

According to Sport Bild, the Old Trafford hierarchy approached Mancini to ask if he would consider replacing Solskjaer but the Italian is instead focused on helping his country reach the World Cup. 

Italy disappointed in World Cup qualifying Group C, finishing runners-up to Switzerland despite winning Euro 2020 earlier this year. 

They face a play-off to determine whether they will head to next winter’s tournament in Qatar. 

Meanwhile, United continue their search for a new boss. Pochettino remains the favourite while Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag is another contender. 

Former United midfielder Michael Carrick, who was assistant coach under Solskjaer, has been placed in temporary charge until a replacement is found.

The 40-year-old started the post-Solskjaer era with an important 2-0 victory over Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo and a first United goal for £73million summer signing Jadon Sancho sealed the club’s passage to the Champions League knockout rounds. 

Carrick has conceded though that the win was not of any personal importance. His former United team-mate Paul Scholes had controversially suggested that he, like Solskjaer, should no longer be at the club. 

“It’s not an important result for me personally. It’s an important one for the players and the club,” Carrick told BT Sport.  

“It’s an important result for the players, tonight is not about me by any stretch. 

“It’s obviously been an emotional few days. The first person I spoke to after Ed [Woodward] asked me to do this role was Ole, to almost see what he thought about it because I felt that was the right thing to do. 

“I have a responsibility to be here managing the team and I take great pride in that. It wasn’t about me tonight though, it was about getting through [the group].  

“It was a massive game, when you get to this stage in the Champions League it can swing so easily both ways, so it was vital we came here and got the right result and we managed to do that so I’m delighted.”





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