Liverpool's record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at 'rock bottom'
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Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly against the appointment of Antonio Conte at Juventus in 2019, sparking doubt as to whether the forward would approve of the Italian replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, where he is fighting to save his job. The Norwegian has been handed the chance to turn things around at Tottenham on Saturday while there has also been some suggestion that he will get three games to prove he is still the man to lead the club forward.
United travel to Atalanta in Champions League action after Spurs before facing high-flying Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Should Solskjaer fail to make it out the other side, Conte is understood to be the leading contender for the role.
The former Chelsea boss has been keen on a return to England ever since he departed Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Conte was also interested in the United job when Jose Mourinho’s turbulent tenure came crashing to an end in December 2018 but the board opted to bring in Solskjaer on a caretaker basis before he eventually landed the job just a few months later.
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Since then, Conte has been back in management with Inter Milan, who he guided to the Serie A title last season.
However, before he returned to the dug-out with the Nerazzurri, Conte was discussed as a potential replacement for Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus.
Conte had previously won three Scudettos with the Old Lady but a reunion was soon off the cards.
According to La Repubblica, Ronaldo did not approve of the appointment of Conte.
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It’s claimed he was wary of the way the Italian rotated his side’s, even if it meant leaving out star players.
Furthermore, Conte’s style contains an emphasis on defence and keeping clean sheets.
It’s not the first time Conte has come close to managing a side Ronaldo played for either.
Back in 2019, he was sounded out as a potential replacement for Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid but senior figures in the dressing room soon moved to block the appointment.
Captain Sergio Ramos, who was understood to be one of the players to have vetoed the move, said at the time: “We have a great work culture.
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“When you enter a new environment you can not revolutionise everything, but you have to enter slowly.”
While Ronaldo is unlikely to have any say on who becomes the next manager if Solskjaer is sacked, he has already vowed to continue fighting on the pitch to turn things around.
He posted on Instagram after the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool: “Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want. And this is on us, only on us, because there’s no one else to blame.
“Our fans were, once again, amazing in their constant support. They deserve better than this, much better, and it’s up to us to deliver. The time is now!”
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