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Antonio Conte would guide Manchester United to the Premier League title if he took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, believes former United striker Dimitar Berbatov. Former Chelsea boss Conte is among the favourites for the United job, should the board decide to sack Solskjaer following a poor string of results.
Ex-Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik Ten Hag are among the other names being linked with the post at Old Trafford.
But Berbatov believes it’s Conte who would be the best manager to take the club forward.
Conte has already won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017, as well as the FA Cup a year later, and Berbatov feels Conte can replicate that success with United, while he also compared the Italian coach to former Red Devils boss Louis Van Gaal.
“The latest reports are saying that Antonio Conte is open to taking the United job if it becomes available,” Berbatov told Betfair.
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“He made Inter champions and he made Chelsea champions.
“Conte has the record and the reputation of working hard, I heard that a lot of times.
“He has been to England and done it, winning the Premier League.
“He is the name that everybody is talking about at the moment and maybe some people are saying that United need this disciplinarian approach, to tell them exactly what the manager expects of you, if they’re not doing it, bench. Maybe they need that from time to time?
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“Louis Van Gaal was similar to Conte in this way, discipline is the number one priority, but he was also successful and won the FA Cup.
“Conte has all the results and reputation behind him to know how to handle things at a big club in England. He’s probably number one on their list.”
Conte is currently without a job after leaving Inter in the summer following two seasons in charge of the Italian giants.
The 52-year-old guided Inter to their first Scudetto in 11 years last season, as they put a brief halt to Juventus’ dominance of Italian football in the last decade.
During his time at Juventus, Conte won three Serie A titles in a row during the period 2011-2014, before departing for the Italy job.
United will travel to north London on Saturday where they will face Tottenham in the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Solskjaer’s side will be desperate to bounce back from their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of rivals Liverpool last Sunday at Old Trafford.
After Tottenham, United will face Serie A side Atalanta in Matchday 4 of the Champions League on Tuesday.
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