Solskjaer reacts to Antonio Conte joining Tottenham after Man Utd links

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Antonio Conte will ‘bring a lot’ to Tottenham after he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as Spurs manager.

Tottenham sacked Nuno after only four months in charge on Monday and soon named former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Conte as the Portuguese’s replacement.

Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge and the Serie A title with Inter last season, but takes over Spurs with the club sitting eighth in the English top-flight.

The Italian manager was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as Solskjaer fought to save his job at Old Trafford following the embarrassing 5-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool.

But United resisted the temptation to sack Solskjaer and Conte proceeded to discuss terms with Tottenham and agree an 18-month deal with the north London club.

Solskjaer was asked about Conte’s arrival ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Serie A side Atalanta on Tuesday night and said: ‘He will bring a lot to Tottenham.

‘Antonio Conte has already shown that he is a winning coach. The last time I met him was in England during a dinner with [Sir Alex] Ferguson.’

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker, meanwhile, believes the Red Devils ‘missed a trick’ by not replacing Solskjaer with Conte last week.

‘They have missed a trick not appointing Antonio Conte,’ Parker told Eurosport. ‘They would have taken him if they were serious about making a change.

‘When someone like Conte is available, a club with aspirations can’t miss out. The Italian has the best CV out there at the moment, and if you look at what he’s achieved at every club he’s managed then you can see that Spurs have found a winner.

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‘Yes, Conte comes with baggage, and you know some Tottenham players will be knocking on Daniel Levy’s door saying they are not happy with how he treats them.

‘But Spurs fans won’t mind because they don’t want those players. Conte is going to clear up that dressing room and get rid of players who don’t want to work hard.

‘There’s not going to be a change of manager at Manchester United now, that ship has sailed. Unless there’s another complete collapse I can’t see it happening.

‘Now Conte has gone to Spurs, you look what’s out there in terms of managers and you could easily end up going down another wrong path. It would look like desperation.’

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