Manchester United appointing Louis van Gaal as their next permanent manager appears to be almost a formality. But while the Netherlands coach is odds on favourite to replace David Moyes, a somewhat unexpected name has been thrown into the mix: Roberto Mancini.
Mancini was sacked by Manchester City last summer, exactly 12 months after they had won a maiden Premier League title, and has since moved to Galatasaray. However, reports The Guardian, Mancini is not entirely settled in Istanbul and would like to be considered for the Manchester United job.
The appointment of Mancini would appear to be beyond remote, not least because of his ties to Manchester City, with Manchester United having already drawn up a shortlist on which his name does not feature. Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Diego Simeone have all been under consideration, but Van Gaal looks like the man who will get it.
Reports on Saturday in the Dutch press claim Van Gaal has already agreed to become Manchester United after the World Cup this summer, with his departure from his current position already confirmed, although the club have moved to deny the suggestion.
Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, has given his backing to Ryan Giggs to take the job on a full-time basis with the veteran midfielder having been tasked with leading Manchester United for the remainder of the season.