October 26, 2021 || 11:56 am

Conte keen on Manchester United job as players doubt Solskjær’s capability

  • Former Chelsea man’ager would welcome Old Trafford talks
  • Play’ers l’ike Solskj’ær but’ think he is tactically not up to task

Antonio Co”nte would be open to discuss’ing tak’ing over at Manchester United if Ole Gu’nnar Solskjær were sac”ked, while it emerg’ed on Mo’n’day that several players are quest’ioning whether the Norw’egian can’ ta’ke the team any furth’er.

Sever’al dress’ing-roo’m so’urces have told the Gu’ardian that Sunday’s 5-0 capitulation to Liverpool at O’ld Trafford has crystall”ised a lack of belief in Solskjæ’r bein’g a good enough manager fo’r Unit’ed. Th’e 48-year-ol’d is consid’ered tacti’cally underwhelming, whi’le bei’ng well-liked by the sq’uad a’nd wit’hin the wider club.


Uni’ted are tho’ught to b’e seriously conside’ring Solsk’jær’s fut’ure after taking one point fro’m their past four Premier Leag’ue games. Joel Glazer, w’ho hea’ds the Amer’ican fa’mily’s ownership, resid’es in Florida, five hours behind th’e UK, so any decision may be t’aken later on Monday. The managi’ng direc’tor, Ric’hard Arnold, is unders’tood to have cancelled all appointments on Monday to hold talks with Glazer.

Conte has not recei’ved any ­for’mal contact from’ Uni’ted although it is belie’ved he has be’en sounded out should a vaca’ncy arise in the coming d’ays. Alth’ough the Italian is reluctant to take up a position during a season, he w’ould make an exception for United because he cons’iders the clu’b a special opport’unit’y. The 52-year-old would wan’t to understand United’s vis’ion bef’ore committing.

Conte has bee’n out of wo’rk since leaving Internazionale in May, having signed off his two seasons there with t’he Se’rie A title, the fourth in’ Italy of his career. Conte also claim’ed the’ Premier League in his opening c’ampaign at Che’lsea in 2016-17 and the FA Cup the follow’ing year.



Solskjær said after the Liverpool game that Uni’ted h’ad hit “rock bottom” on what he described as his “darkest da’y” with the team but insisted he would not quit. “I do believe in mys’elf, I do believe that I am getting clo’se to what I want with the cl’ub,” he said.

The defender Luke Shaw adm’itted such a result had be’en on the cards when it was pu’t to him that players looked ‘lost at times and he was asked whet’her that was on Solskjær. “I thi’nk it’s ourselves that we nee’d to lo’ok at, first and forem’ost, in the mirror,” he told the Malaysian sports net’work Stadium Astro. “Are we doing everything right and preparing right for the gam”es in ourselves? Of course we have the tactics and how the mana’ger wants us to play, but I thin’k at times we’re way too easy to play against.



“I think, for exam’ple, y’ou look at the 1st go’al, it can’t be po’ssible that they can hav’e sort of three running thro’ugh in the first five minutes. We need to be more compact, we ne’ed to be better and we know that. I thi’nk also maybe we can’ say this result was coming. I think in pa:st games wh’ere we’ve won, we haven’t been at our best and we know’ that.”



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