Micky Gray has controversially suggested that former Man City boss Roberto Mancini could be the coach replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at rival Manchester United.
Solksjaer was sacked by the Red Devils after another humiliating loss, this time at the hands of Watford.
Solskjaer was sacked by Man United on Sunday
The club have confirmed that they will « seek to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season », with Gray, who has covered United’s games extensively this season for talkSPORT, suggesting that the current boss of the Italy could be the man to come.
Mancini won Euro 2020 last summer, beating England on penalties in the final at Wembley, and led Inter Milan, Galatasaray and Zenit, as well as City.
While in Manchester, Mancini won City’s first Premier League title, as well as an FA Cup and Community Shield in four years between 2009 and 2015.
Gray told talkSPORT: “One I would put in there – and it might be a bit controversial – but someone who can organize the team and get the best out of it would be Roberto Mancini.
Mancini recently won Euro 2020 and came third in the Nations League
United are currently in seventh place in the Premier League
“He has that, he did it with Italy. «
Gray, who played in the youth system at Man United, added that the Norwegian was lucky to survive as long as he did, after appalling results and performances against rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
“I think other managers would have easily lost their jobs long before he lost his job,” Gray added.
“Look at some of the performances against Liverpool at Old Trafford and then the Manchester derby just before the international break – if he was going to lose his job then I think it was time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to maybe go into those two games.
United were sad against Liverpool and Man City ahead of international break
“But they tried to hang in there and wait until after the international break but, after yesterday’s performance and yesterday’s result, the writing was on the wall for Ole. »
Various managers have already been linked to the post, including Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers.
And Gray thinks whoever he is, he needs to go ahead and make sure the club still play Champions League football next season.
He said: “It’s Manchester United. They have to try to finish in the top four, they have to finish in those Champions League places.
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“They have enough time to do it – there are only 12 games left. We have 26 games to play and whoever comes in has to get to work.
“There must be some big changes there. You look at the work rate of the top teams, the clubs that I mentioned earlier and Manchester United are far from that.
“They have to get it right on this football pitch and the manager who walks through that door has to earn the respect of these players, first and foremost, from day one, and they have to start playing. «
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