Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not in immediate danger of being sacked at Manchester United, but Antonio Conte is said to be interested in taking the reins if called upon
Antonio Conte is reportedly open to managing Manchester United.
The news emerges on the back of the Red Devils being hammered 5-0 by bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not in immediate danger of being sacked, with the Red Devils hierarchy backing their man.
Not until fourth place is out of the question will the United board look to relieve the Norwegian of his duties.
As such no emergency meeting took place following a humiliating night for the Red Devils in which Mohamed Salah and co. put them to the sword.
And despite claims Conte and Zinedine Zidane are in the frame to replace Solskjaer at the helm, there will be no change at the top for United for the time being.
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But, according to the Manchester Evening News, despite previous claims to the contrary, Conte is keen on taking the top job at United should the opportunity arise.
The Italian is said to have reservations over the structure in place at United, though.
Conte isn’t open to the idea of having to entertain certain big-name players at the club.
If he is to take the reins then he wants to be the man in charge and be given the power to pick his own XI, not have to shoehorn in the likes of Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Another issue is United are yet to announce who will take over from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is currently serving his notice after revealing last season he is leaving.
His successor may have a different take on how he wants to lead United.
From a footballing point of view, Solskjaer has been given the tools to build a fast, attacking team to take on the Premier League.
The Red Devils boast the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes, alongside superstars Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani.
But Conte favours a slower and more disciplined approach to football and may wish to make wholesale changes upon taking the reins – in the same way Solskjaer did upon replacing Jose Mourinho.
United’s defeat by Liverpool sees them fall to seventh in the table, eight points behind league-leaders Chelsea.
Solskjaer said of a disappointing afternoon: “It’s not easy to say something apart from it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these players and we weren’t good enough, individually and as a team.
“You can’t give a team like Liverpool those chances, unfortunately, we did.
“The whole performance wasn’t good enough, that’s for sure. We’ve created openings, they’ve had chances and they’ve been clinical. We didn’t take our chances early on and the third goal is the one that decided the game.”