The legendary Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has already given his seal of approval to Antonio Conte as speculation grows about Chelsea’s former boss replacing Ola Gunnar Solskjaer..
Solskjaer appeared to be on the verge of losing his job following Sunday’s horrific 5-0 draw with Liverpool, with reports that United had made initial contact with Conte on Monday night.
However, it now looks likely that Solskjaer will be in charge of the meeting with Tottenham this weekend in the Premier League.
Despite his brief dismissal, the Norwegian desperately needs a positive result, with Conte’s presence still towering in the background.
The Italian boss has already proved his authority to success after guiding Chelsea to the title in the 2016/17 campaign.
And as the noise surrounding his potential arrival at Old Trafford grows, it is worth remembering that Conte’s impressive work at Stamford Bridge has already won the support of United’s greatest manager ever, Ferguson.
Fantastic, you see his energy on the field,” Ferguson told Sky Sports back in 2017. “There is a correct statement that the team reflects the manager, and that is what they did with him.
“His team stayed at the top of the league for so long. They lost to Arsenal and Liverpool at an early stage, but since then they have risen.”
Ferguson’s previous agreement may be the key to Conte appearing as United’s preferred choice if the ax falls on Solskjaer in the coming weeks.
The iconic Scot is still wielding an incredible amount of influence at Old Trafford following his reign and history at the club.
Despite his support for Solskjaer, a player he managed during the Norwegian’s exemplary activities at Old Trafford, Ferguson was unable to hide his pain after watching United’s humiliating defeat at the hands of the arch-rival.
With concerns growing at Old Trafford surrounding Solskjaer’s ability to keep up with tactical rivals like Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola in the Premier League race, Conte will fit the bill as someone capable of competing with the best coaches England have to offer. .
The Italian coached Inter Milan to the glory of Serie A last year, further enhancing his winning reputation created during the periods as a player and manager at Juventus long before his arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2016.
Conte’s incredible win rate of over 65% made him turn the Blues into an efficient and ruthless team, with the Italian bringing them back to the top of the Premier League after a difficult period. Taking that into account, on paper, Conte certainly looks like he can prove he’s the perfect tonic for United’s current troubles.
However, there would be warnings for United if they were to dive for the Italian, who made it clear earlier this year that he would not commit to the project unless he was fully convinced of it – something Tottenham discovered last summer when they tried to lure him back to London.
“If my problem or my obsession was money, I would have stayed where I was in the past,” he said Gazzetta dello Sport As early as June.
“I would accept compromises and maybe win a contract renewal. Instead I look at the projects and am willing to stay home if they do not convince me.
“It’s a question of vision, professionalism, intellectual integrity and principles that cannot be ignored
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