England manager Gareth Southgate should be in the running for the Manchester United job after Jose Mourinho’s departure, according to Danny Mills.
The former defender suggests Southgate would be the perfect man to lift the club and help reconnect with fans – just like he has with England.
Mourinho’s two-and-a-half year stint in charge at Old Trafford came to a sorry end on Tuesday as he was sacked by United chiefs.
He leaves the club in sixth place after their worst ever start to a Premier League season, which was confirmed after Sunday’s defeat to fierce rivals Liverpool.
A host of top managers have already been linked with the post, with United set to appoint a caretaker for the remainder of the season before conducting a ‘thorough search’ for their next permanent boss.
Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Antonio Conte are among the coaches reportedly in contention.
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But former England and Manchester City defender Mills believes Southgate – named Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards after England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals – should also be in the frame.
“I’ll tell you whose name hasn’t been thrown into this amongst everything else is Gareth Southgate,” he told Sky Sports.
“If I was Manchester United, what would I want as my next permanent manager?
“Feel-good factor, somebody to bring through young players, somebody that plays in the right way, somebody that can connect and reconnect with the fans all over the world.
“I’m not sure he’d want the job, I’m not sure they could get him but surely he would have to come into the reckoning if you were Manchester United.”