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Gary Neville explains why Manchester United will not replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Antonio Conte


The Norwegian coach is under pressure after a run of bad form (Pictures: Getty Images)

Gary Neville does not believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at Manchester United is under threat despite losing to Leicester City and has played down links with Antonio Conte.

The Red Devils were beaten 4-2 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday to continue a poor run of form that saw the side lose to Young Boys in the Champions League, exit the Carabao Cup against West Ham and lose at home to Aston Villa.

After spending big in the summer, Solskjaer is under pressure and some fans would like to see Conte – who has won titles with Chelsea, Inter and Juventus and is currently a free agent – take over the reins.

United have picked up one point from the last nine available (Picture: Getty)

But Neville is not convinced United’s board would be attracted to the Italian, nor does he believe Conte guarantees silverware, while he feels the club will stick by Solskjaer.

‘Conte won’t be the manager at Manchester United I don’t think,’ said the United legend during an Instagram Live on Sunday morning.

‘I don’t think they’ll go for that option, personally. He’s a great manager but I think certain managers fit certain clubs and I don’t think Conte fits United personally. As I say, great manager but doesn’t feel right for me that one.’

When one viewer suggested Conte would win the title if given the right squad, Neville replied: ‘I’m not in to that, giving someone a squad. We tried that with Jose, “Give Jose a squad and we’ll definitely win the league”. We didn’t, and in the end it was a mess and everybody wanted him out.’

As more potential replacements were thrown at Neville, he continued: ‘Brendan Rodgers to United? No that won’t happen either. Managed Liverpool before, I don’t think they would go for Brendan – who again is a great manager.

‘Will Zidane come? Not sure. We’re just speculating now, throwing names in the air. It’s like when you’re making soup and you taste it having put a load of ingredients in and it’s not particularly great and then you just start adding stuff thinking it’s going to make it better. It’s definitely not going to make it better.’

Instead, Neville is confident Solskjaer will be given time, adding: ‘The club won’t sack him. The club will stick with him. The fact that they’ve had those experiences with Moyes and with Jose and Van Gaal, I think they’ll stick to plan.

Conte, Zidane and Rodgers have all been linked with United (Picture: Getty)

‘Ole is under pressure but they won’t sack him, there’s no doubt about that. I know that won’t please some of you. I know some of you want a new manager. I’ve never asked for a Premier League manager to be sacked in the 11 years since I stopped playing football and that’s not going to happen now.

‘Let’s not panic here. There’s no need to panic. Everyone will want Manchester United to panic. There’s nothing that can be fixed in the next 10 minutes. Stick to plan, get though the season, see what happens this season.

‘Obviously if then there isn’t a trophy or it continues to go as it is, then Ole will come under great pressure. He knows that, having been in the job for three-and-a-half years at that time.’


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