Manchester United should take advantage of Antonio Conte’s predicament at Spurs and lure him to Old Trafford, according to Shay Given.
After Spurs’ 1-0 defeat at Burnley in midweek Conte was very vocal about the job he faces and suggested he may not be the man to turn the tide. Despite winning at Man City over the weekend, it was their fourth Premier League defeat in five games. And Conte’s time may well be coming to an end.
While appearing on talkSPORT, journalist Sam Matterface claimed Conte could leave the club before Saturday’s trip to Leeds United. He apparently ‘wants to speak to Spurs officials’ to discuss his future as boss.
“I’ve just spoken to Antonio Conte,” Matterface said. “He has indicated that his tenure as Tottenham manager may be coming to an end.”
And former Newcastle goalkeeper Given believes Man Utd should move quickly to grab the Italian.
Given told talkSPORT: “My concern is, has he got something else lined up?
“For a manager that’s reportedly on £15m a year, which is a massive contract, he looks like he wants to walk away from this to be honest with you.
“When you come out with comments like that last night it looks like he’s itching to get away from the place.
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Conte ‘a perfect fit’
“And then we talked about Man United, I just think there’s a perfect fit there.
“Maybe, just maybe, someone from the red side of Manchester will be in contact with him because it feels like Man United need a character like him that’s really strong to sort that dressing room out.”
United’s current interim boss Ralf Rangnick is only in charge until the summer. Then the experienced German coach is expected to move into a two-year consultancy role.
Conte was believed to be on United’s radar but he took the Spurs job before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.
Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain is thought to be a leading contender for the full-time role.
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers and Erik Ten Hag at Ajax are also on United’s shortlist as successors to the German.
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