Former Man City boss rules himself out of running for Man Utd job

Former Man City boss Roberto Mancini has said rumours linking him with the manager’s job at Man Utd are “false”.

Ralf Rangnick was officially unveiled at the end of last week as the new interim boss at Old Trafford with the Red Devils winning his first match in charge against Crystal Palace over the weekend.

The German will stay in the hot seat until the end of the season when the Man Utd board will appoint a long-term permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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The Daily Telegraph claimed last week that Mancini was a shock candidate for the position at Man Utd with a chance he could leave the Italy job if they don’t qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Erik Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are all understood to be on the list of candidates for the job too – but Mancini has said the rumours of a verbal agreement with Man Utd are “false”.

“A verbal agreement with a Premier League club? All false. My only goal is to get to the World Cup and be able to win it,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Italy will face North Macedonia in the play-offs, after they failed to qualify directly for the World Cup, before having to overcome either Portugal or Turkey.

“Things didn’t go so well in the qualifying round, but we have to accept that. We have to roll up our sleeves and start again. We still have a chance,” Mancini added.

“Of course, the draw was not beautiful but we are the champions of Europe and we can win the first game and then play the final playoff.”

Meanwhile, David de Gea is pleased to have landed the Player of the Month award at Man Utd following a number of good displays in November.

“I’m here just to help the team,” De Gea told the club’s official website. “I try to make saves in the important moments. This is why I’m here, to help the team. At the moment, I’m doing well and helping the team. This is my job.

“To be honest, I’ve been feeling very good since the beginning of the season; very confident and very strong in mind. So, yeah, I’m really happy with the award, of course. Thanks to the fans. Of course, it’s been a difficult few weeks in the club but the last results have been great for us. So let’s keep pushing and keep trying our best.”


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