“United have missed an opportunity” – Italian football expert shares verdict on Antonio Conte

Serie A expert James Horncastle believes Manchester United missed an opportunity in not appointing Antonio Conte before he became Tottenham Hotspur manager, as announced earlier today.

Manchester United could have easily found themselves in a bigger managerial situation if they decided to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the 5-0 home defeat against arch-rivals Liverpool.

The board decided to give Solskjaer three games to turn things around – and the Reds have already won one of those, with the second tonight in the Champions League against Atalanta. Argubly the biggest of these three fixtures comes on Saturday, in an eagerly awaited Manchester derby.

Mark Chapman was talking to James Horncastle on a recent podcast for The Athletic, where they spoke about United’s current dilemma with Solskjaer and Conte being available not too long ago.

“I think United have missed an opportunity in, not so much not sacking Solskjaer, but they had a chance to get Conte.

“It was very clear that Conte wanted that United job and now he’s gone to a team that will be competing to get back into the Champions League and maybe then competing for trophies that United will be looking for. So I think in that respect, it could be what [Paratici] always wanted and the turning point that I think Spurs need.”

The verdict

United plays a different style to what I always imagine Manchester United playing, so he’s not a stand out candidate to become United manager.

The Athletic also published reasons for why United passed on the Italian earlier today, with the board finding him confrontational.

Let us know in the comments section if you think it was a missed opportunity for United?

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