Roberto Mancini bafflingly linked with Premier League return at Man Utd

Manchester United's managerial situation has rarely been a settled one since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.

The legendary Scot left the club after pipping "noisy neighbours" Manchester City to the Premier League title.

City won their first league title since 1968 in the previous season, with Sergio Aguero's dramatic, last-gasp winner seeing them overcome their old rivals.

Since Ferguson, the Red Devils have had four permanent managers, as they look to re-establish themselves as the top-dogs in English football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to succeed where David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho failed – but his position has come under scrutiny after an indifferent start to the current campaign.

Going into United's final game before the international break, reports had suggested that the Norwegian could lose his job with a negative result.

Fortunately, his side responded from going a goal down to beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.

But the rumours have still continued, with perhaps the most surprising one emerging from Italy this week.

According to Tuttosport (via Sport Witness), United officials have some interest in bringing Ferguson's final foe, Mancini, back to Manchester.

They suggest Old Trafford bosses have been impressed with his work for the Italian national team, with the Azzurri on the cusp of qualification for the Nations League finals.

However, on the face of it, there appears to be a number of major stumbling blocks that would need to be overcame before this most unlikely of appointments.

Perhaps, most pertinently, United remain committed to Solskjaer. Despite their relative struggles, Ed Woodward has offered the under-fire boss a vote of confidence, claiming that he still has the full support of decision makers.

As far as Mancini is concerned, the Italian outlet suggests that the 55-year-old has no interest in leaving the national team job, particularly with the European Championship next summer, before a winter World Cup in 2022.

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Despite his sacking by City, Mancini has maintained a special relationship with supporters at the Etihad. Following his dismissal, he posted a full-page advert in the Manchester Evening News, which read: "You will always be in my heart, Ciao."

Fans reciprocated the following week, with the former manager always welcomed back with open arms, going across the city would seriously damage that.

And, should United come to the decision to sack Solskjaer, they have been linked with some of the most highly-rated managers in the game. Although Mancini has a Premier League title to his name, he may not find himself in that upper echelon.

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