‘Not the right fit’ – Neville urges Man Utd to avoid Conte

Date published: Monday 25th October 2021 9:45 - Jason Soutar

Gary Neville at Old Trafford

Gary Neville insists Manchester United should not appoint Antonio Conte if they sack current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Conte is available after leaving Inter Milan following their league title win last season.

He has been linked with the managerial role at Old Trafford for a few weeks following Man Utd’s slow start to the season.

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Liverpool destroyed the Red Devils 5-0 on Sunday, adding to the pressure that Solskjaer is currently under.

Despite Conte’s terrific reputation, Neville doesn’t believe the Italian manager is the right man for job, if it becomes vacant.

“They won’t bring a hitman in again. A hitman who comes in and does a job for two years,” Neville said on Sky Sports (quotes via the Daily Mail).

“Conte’s available but I wouldn’t bring him to Manchester United. I wouldn’t bring him here now, I wouldn’t.

“I don’t think Antonio Conte is a fit for Manchester United. I don’t think he’s a fit.

“I might be wrong, they might bring him here tomorrow and I’d get behind him.

“We’ve seen a coach with a specific style like Louis van Gaal didn’t work here. I’m not saying there isn’t a manager who can come to Manchester United and do well.”

Neville also believes that United will stick with Solskjaer until the end of the season. The club legend does not believe they will let the 48-year-old go, like they did with van Gaal and Mourinho in the past.

“They’re going to stick with Ole until the end of the season, Ole’s got to win a trophy this season, I think they’ll stick with him until the end of the season but this is painful,” Neville added.

“In another part of Manchester United’s recent history, he’d have been in trouble but because of what’s happened with Van Gaal and Mourinho, and the change that’s happened, they’re not going to do that now.

“My point is Jose Mourinho was the best manager in the world when he came to Manchester United and he didn’t do it here.”

Next up for United is Tottenham away from home in the Premier League on Saturday.


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