Antonio Conte is the standout candidate to be named Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement if he leaves Manchester United given his track record of winning trophies
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- 09:23, 18 Oct 2021
Manchester United would be more than a suitable landing spot for Antonio Conte if the club part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian is under immense pressure after United's 4-2 defeat to Leicester as the club are now without a win in three matches and outside the top four.
The Old Trafford hierarchy will continue to back the under-fire boss, according to The Athletic, but it's do-or-die for Solskjaer with a difficult run of games coming up.
Conte is the standout candidate to be his replacement if he does leave the Red Devils given his track record of winning trophies. He is also out of work after leaving Inter Milan in the summer so would be ready to walk into a new job if one becomes available.
Antonio Conte is the obvious candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd
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It remains to be seen if he would be United's preferred choice, but it seems to be a destination Conte would be open to, based on his criteria for his next role.
The 51-year-old explained what he is looking for when he rejected Tottenham in the summer as he was in talks with Daniel Levy to succeed Jose Mourinho.
Conte's biggest concern was the quality of Spurs' squad and that they were not ready to win silverware or even had the potential to compete for trophies in the coming years.
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He wants to join a contender or at the bare minimum, a top-four side, that has the potential to become one.
This is something that wouldn't be an issue with United.
Manchester United finished runner-up to Manchester City in the Premier League last season, proving they are not far off winning the title.
Conte was also anxious about the fact that Spurs were in need of a major rebuild as they enter a transitional stage – which is the complete opposite for Man Utd.
It's widely believed their personnel is more than capable of winning trophies after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer.
Pressure has mounted on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Harry Kane's uncertain future was also a stumbling block for the former Juventus player as he didn't want to inherit a team that could potentially lose their best player which would take them in the wrong direction.
Again, this is something Conte wouldn't have to worry about at Old Trafford.
The summer transfer window proved the club are looking to strengthen their current pool of players, not the other way around.
They can attract top players which means it's less likely individuals are looking to jump ship and there are no signs, besides Paul Pogba, that players are unhappy at United.
Conte discussed his reasons for snubbing Spurs with Gazzetta dello Sport: "I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me
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"It has to do with vision, honesty and principles. Generally, I like challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career.
"Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived.
"However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept, regardless of the money."
Conte expressed his desire to experience managing a club outside Italy once again, however, which shows he wouldn't be against a return to the Premier League.
Antonio Conte led Chelsea to the title in 2016/17
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He added: "I would like to have more experiences abroad. I think that I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.
"As a player, I won everything it was possible to win, but I also lost a great deal.
"When you lose, it leaves within you the desire not to experience that again, so you do everything to transmit that to your players when you are a head coach. It all comes from your scars and wanting to avoid getting more."
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