England manager Gareth Southgate

Mills: Gareth Southgate should be considered to replace Mourinho as Manchester United manager

Former England international Danny Mills has said that Manchester United should consider appointing England boss Gareth Southgate as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday morning, leaving the Red Devils in sixth place in the Premier League table and a whopping 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

As soon as his departure was announced, attention naturally turned to who would be his replacement, with Mauricio Pochettino thought to be United’s preferred candidate, but former Leeds United and Man City full-back Danny Mills reckons United should look at England manager Gareth Southgate.

“I tell you whose name hasn’t been thrown into this – Gareth Southgate,” Mills told Sky Sports News.

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“If I was Manchester United, who would I want as my next permanent manager? I’d want a feel-good factor, someone 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 would want the job, and I’m not sure they could get him. But surely he’d have to come into the reckoning if you’re Manchester United.

“I just think he is a name that is out there. Look at how well he’s done. He ‘s just got Coach of the Year, is that the sort of person Manchester United need?”

Southgate of course steered England to the World Cup semi-finals and was widely credited with building a feel-good factor within the squad, something that looks sorely lacking from Manchester United’s current crop.

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