Neville maintains his stance on Conte to Man Utd despite the ‘brilliant job’ he’s done at Spurs

Date published: Monday 23rd May 2022 3:33 - Joe Williams

Ex-Man Utd defender Gary Neville plays in a charity match

Gary Neville still maintains Antonio Conte wouldn’t be the “right manager” for Manchester United despite the “brilliant job” he’s done at Spurs.

Tottenham have been much better in the second half of the season under the Italian, who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at the beginning of November.

Nuno left Spurs sitting in ninth position in the Premier League after they lost five of his last seven Premier League matches in charge.

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But Conte turned the ship around with Tottenham finishing fourth ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal and will now play in next season’s Champions League.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have been sensational for Spurs under Conte with the latter sharing the Premier League Golden Boot award with Liverpool’s Mo Salah.

And Neville was full of praise for Son and Conte, with next season set up nicely for Spurs if they can get some early business done in the transfer market.

Neville told Sky Sports: “I named Son as my Player of the Season. It could have easily gone to Kevin De Bruyne because every time we watch him we’re blessed. Salah, easily could have been Player of the Season, I think I named him in other quarters.

“But Son, to do what he’s done at Tottenham, he does get respected, and he’d be taken by any top club in the world, but I thought he deserves something.

“He’s a special player. He gets overshadowed by everybody, even Harry Kane, but well done to him, Tottenham and Antonio Conte.

“We were at the North London Derby 10 days ago and even if Arsenal had beaten Newcastle, I still think Antonio Conte would have stayed because of what he experienced that night. Where are you going to get this competitive element, these atmospheres in Europe at this moment in time? You’re not.

“He’s done a brilliant job at Tottenham, he’s been assisted by the capitulation of Manchester United and the fall of Arsenal but he’s done a good job and was always going to. I’m very clear that he isn’t the right manager for Manchester United but you can say someone’s not the right manager for your club but he’s still a great manager.

“The others have got Tuchel, Conte, Klopp and Guardiola – they’re animals, they win trophies all the time. They stand on the touchline and can almost eat you alive with their presence and aura. The rest have a long way to go.”


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