Antonio Conte is NOT the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd, says Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel

MANCHESTER UNITED should NOT replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Antonio Conte, says club legend Peter Schmeichel.

The Italian has been linked with the role, as pressure builds on current boss Solskjaer.

Antonio Conte has been linked with the Man United job


Antonio Conte has been linked with the Man United jobCredit: PA
Peter Schmeichel has backed pal Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Peter Schmeichel has backed pal Ole Gunnar SolskjaerCredit: PA:Press Association

But the Norwegian’s former team-mate Schmeichel doesn’t believe that Conte would bring long-term success to Old Trafford.

He told The Times: “You can say, ‘Conte is brilliant’. But he doesn’t stay anywhere for more than a couple of years.

“We are not that football club. We tried that already. It doesn’t work.

“Louis van Gaal didn’t win the Premier League, Mourinho didn’t. You say Conte or another name, it’s no difference.

“It’s about them and what they want to do in a small window of Manchester United’s big history.

“The problem Ole has is that in this world of quick fixes and fast news he has to win yesterday.


“It has to be delivered now. But it’s not the real world. We stopped that development for a period and our competitors closed the gap then ran away.”

Schmeichel, 57, recently labelled criticism of Solskjaer ‘ridiculous’ – telling ITV: “Do they (United fans) want another Van Gaal or another Mourinho? What do they want?

“It’s been tried, bringing in the so-called big-name managers and they don’t have the same care and attention to detail in the youth and development and DNA of the club as Ole has.

“That period before him, a lot of players came in and a lot of coaches left, so everything needs to be rebuilt. I hope people understand that it takes time.”

The Red Devils take on Liverpool tomorrow knowing that a win would take them to within just one point of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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