Tweeting on Tuesday night - after Manchester United had lost 3-0 to local rivals Manchester City, and Arsenal had only managed a 2-2 draw with Swansea City - Keys hinted that the current Galatasaray manager could be the man to solve both clubs’ problems.
“Two big clubs with 1 big decision to make. Which of them gets to Mancini first? He's the answer at both Utd and Arsenal,” the Al Jazeera presenter, who is now based in Doha, posted on the social-networking website.
Mancini joined Galatasaray last September, after spending three-and-a-half years with Manchester City. The Italian, who previously played as a striker for the Azzurri, won three trophies at City before being replaced by Manuel Pellegrini last summer.
He won the FA Cup in 2011, before helping the Citizens win their first league title since 1968 thanks to Sergio Aguero’s famous stoppage-time winners against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012.
Whether Manchester United or Arsenal would consider the possibility of replacing David Moyes or Arsene Wenger with Mancini is unclear, but both managers are under pressure for different reasons.
Moyes has endured a disastrous debut campaign at Old Trafford after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, while Wenger’s side are currently in the middle of yet another end-of-season capitulation.
However, the Frenchman stands an excellent chance of winning his first trophy with Arsenal since 2005 thanks to the FA Cup. The Gunners face Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals, and will play either Sheffield United or Hull City in the final at Wembley in May.