It has been a sobering few weeks for Manchester United, although Sunday’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool was arguably the lowest point in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the helm so far.
MEN understand that from that point on, Solskjaer will likely be in charge of United’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Antonio Conte is interested in taking on the role if Solskjaer were to be relieved of his duties at United, although no contact has yet been made between the club and the Italian tactician.
If Conte arrives at Old Trafford in the near future, his appointment would almost certainly mark a change in United’s style of play and there would undoubtedly be considerable changes to the squad when the transfer window arrives.
One of the main concerns for United fans is the comparisons that have been drawn between Conte and former manager Jose Mourinho, with some fans even going so far as to nickname the Italian “Mourinho 2.0”.
Now there are some obvious comparisons between the two managers. Yes, they have both succeeded and enjoyed success at Inter Milan and Chelsea with a football philosophy centered on a solid backline.
There are also comparisons between their behavior on the sideline. Conte is known to be incredibly lively on the sidelines and yell at his team to try and motivate them – much like Mourinho in his prime.
And also like Mourinho, Conte demands respect from his players. In an interview with Thierry Henry on Air sports he really insisted on that, saying, “I always talk about education and respect. I give this, but I demand that. If someone doesn’t have the right attitude during the workout or the right behavior, under different circumstances, then I would rather kill him.
“If a manager closes his eyes and doesn’t want to see the bad situation, he will lose the dressing room.”
One of the biggest concerns for fans is how Conte, like Mourinho, had an explosive fallout with the board, with these disagreements usually occurring in his third season before he eventually walked away. .
The difference between the two managers, however, is that when Mourinho leaves it is usually because he lost the dressing room and caused a toxic atmosphere, but Conte is generally well respected by the players he has managed even afterwards. his departure – Diego Costa being the obvious exception to this rule.
Nemanja Matic, who won the Premier League with Conte in 2016/17, said of his former boss at Tuttosport in 2019: “He’s crazy about football. He works around the clock, analyzes his players and his opponents. Tactically he is certainly one of the best in the world. “
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Right now, if United were to part ways with Solskjaer, they would have to appoint a manager who could immediately command respect from the players and resolve the club’s many issues as soon as possible. Conté would do that.
There is one particular aspect of Conte’s management that makes me think he could succeed where Mourinho failed.
Conte’s teams may be seen as boring by some, but they’re far from it. They can break away from their practical mold and play fast, fluid football that excites the fans, allowing every player to shine and that would undoubtedly make him love the Old Trafford loyalists in a way Mourinho never could. .
There are a few issues with his management and as a long-term option he might not be the manager United would like to appoint, but with many key players in their prime and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the club, it is evident that the board administration wants to win now and I have the impression that Conte is the man who delivers the silverware.
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