Ex-Man City boss rejects Man Utd after being ‘contacted’

Date published: Wednesday 24th November 2021 9:16 - Jason Soutar

Reported Man Utd target Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson

Italy manager Roberto Mancini has turned down the opportunity to take the managerial vacancy at Man Utd, according to reports.

Mancini enjoyed a great spell at United’s arch-rivals, Man City, guiding them to their first Premier League title in 2012.

As Italy boss, Mancini has had great success. The Azzurri won Euro 2020 in the summer, defeating England on penalties in the final.

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Many names have been linked with the managerial role at Old Trafford, from Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino to Steve Bruce.

And according to BILD journalist Christian Falk, United have ‘contacted’ Mancini, who has reportedly turned the Premier League club down.

The 56-year-old is fully focused on Italy, who face a play-off in their quest to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

His Italy contract runs until 2026, and appears to be in no rush to abandon his country for a return to club football.

Pochettino is the current frontrunner for the United job, and according to ESPN, they have had their first approach for the Paris Saint-Germain boss turned down.

Man Utd ‘have had an initial enquiry about the immediate availability of Mauricio Pochettino knocked back by Paris Saint-Germain’, the report claims.

It is understood that Pochettino is their ‘top target’ and the Red Devils are ‘open to appointing Pochettino now if a deal can be struck but intermediaries tasked with assessing the 49-year-old’s situation at PSG have reported back that the French side are, for now, unwilling to talk’.

The report adds that Man Utd now believe the ex-Spurs boss will ‘only be available in the summer, unless the former Tottenham boss forces an exit’.

Elsewhere, Ryan Sessegnon has revealed he spoke to a psychologist to help overcome a difficult start to life at Spurs.

The 21-year-old said he never thought his future laid elsewhere and that he sought help to get him through a tough time.

“That never crossed my mind (to leave),” he said. “I knew I would have to go out on loan which I did and played a few games and came back with a lot of confidence but the injury happened again.

“I did actually get a little bit of help one-on-one from someone which was very good for me. Other than that it was about having the people pushing me every day and bringing the positive energy I needed. The psychology side of it.”

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