ROBERTO MANCINI has been tipped to return to the Premier League as manager of Manchester United.
NS Former Man City coachWho won? Premier League the title in impressive fashion back in 2012 thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Sergio Aguero, winning the European Championship with Italy in the summer.
But they then miss the chance to qualify automatically for the Qatar FIFA World Cup next year and face the prospect of having to beat North Macedonia and Portugal or Turkey to reach the final.
And if Italy fail to qualify for the World Cup, Mancini could very well look for another job in the summer.
Ralf Rangnick was appointed Man Utd manager until the end of the current season on a six-month contract, at which point he will move upstairs to start a two-year contract as a consultant.
When the German leaves the role of head coach there will be a vacancy Man Utd need to fill up as they look for a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mancini was able to fill that bill perfectly because he already had experience of Britain’s top flight.
And he may choose to try bringing in some of his Italian players to bolster the Reds’ system.
Full-back Leonardo Spinazzola was the man to impress at the Euros before being ruled out with a ruptured Achilles tendon in the quarter-finals.
And he could be the perfect replacement for Luke Shaw if the England international continues to struggle in a United shirt.
Juventus midfielder Leonardo Bonucci is another name Mancini could look to bring in to complement Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have underperformed as their substitutes, so Bonucci would be a welcome addition to the squad.
Nico Barella is another who made an impression on the international stage this summer.
The technical midfielder, 24, is exactly the type of player that could replace Paul Pogba should the Frenchman leave at the end of the season when his contract expires.
If those three Italians come to Old Trafford, then Mancini playing a 3-5-2 formation will be very reasonable.
Defenders Bonucci, Maguire and Varane are likely to deal with the defensive troubles they have experienced this season, with Barella and Bruno Fernandes creating in midfield.
Spinazzola and Wan-Bissaka will be tasked with providing width, as Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho occupy attacking positions.
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