Michael Gray has controversially called for Manchester United to appoint former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini as their new manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking.
The Norwegian was axed by the Red Devils on Sunday morning after seeing his side humiliated in a crushing 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.
The loss means United have won just one of their last seven Premier League fixtures as they find themselves 12 points adrift of table-toppers Chelsea.
First-team coach Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge with United claiming they will seek an interim manager until the end of the season.
While United chiefs have reportedly drawn up a list of five potential successors, former England international Michael Gray has urged the club to go all out in their efforts to secure the services of current Italy national team boss Mancini – the man who guided bitter rivals City to Premier League glory back in 2012.
Mancini was the scourge of England in the summer as he masterminded Italy's Euro 2020 triumph at Wembley and Gray believes he would be the perfect man to sort United's struggles and return the club to winning ways.
“One that I’d throw in there – and it might be a little bit controversial – but someone who can organize the team and get the best out of them would be Roberto Mancini, Gray told talkSPORT. “He’s got that, he’s done it with Italy.”
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Mancini, who took over at City in 2009, is no stranger to success in England having delivered the club's first major trophy in 35 years as he guided them to FA Cup glory in 2011 before dramatically securing City's first league title for 44 years, 12 months later.
The Italian went on to manage Galatasaray, Inter Milan and Zenit St Petersburg following his City sacking in 2013, days after Wigan inflicted a shock FA Cup final triumph over Mancini's men.
In 2018, Mancini then took the reins of his national team and has since overseen a staggering transformation as the Azzurri became European champions on their way to setting a new all-time international unbeaten record of 37 games without defeat.
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