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Gary Neville Is Glad Manchester United Avoided Antonio Conte, But Jamie Carragher Hit Back Hard

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Gary Neville Is Glad Manchester United Avoided Antonio Conte, But Jamie Carragher Hit Back Hard

Gary Neville is still glad Manchester United didn't go near Antonio Conte when choosing a new manager - but Jamie Carragher had something to say about it.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claimed he didn't like the way Conte's Tottenham Hotspur side played football following their 1-1 draw on Saturday evening.

The German admittde he doesn't like constant defending and men behind the ball with such talent on the pitch.

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Neville then retweeted a snippet of that interview and said: "I respect Conte and his football enormously but this Klopp interview gives the clear reason why he wasn't the right fit for United."

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher then replied with a screenshot of an article with the headline: "Gary Neville calls for brutal Diego Simeone to be considered for next Manchester United manager."

Simeone is currently Atletico Madrid manager and regarded as one of the best in the world. He does, however, played a very defensive brand of football and has done for a number of years.

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United legend Neville backed up his point of view and explained: "Simone 4-4-2 aggressive style. Proper United that.

"Conte wing backs ?? No.."

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Image Credit: Alamy

Ironically, United faced Atletico in the Champions League earlier this season and in both of those games, the La Liga giants lined up with a back three and wing backs.

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United were linked with Conte in October following a disastrous 5-0 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Pressure had started to mount on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Conte was out of working after winning Serie A with Inter Milan last season.

The Red Devils decided they'd stick by Solskjaer and Conte would instead join Spurs after they sacked Nuno Espirito Santo.

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Image Credit: Alamy
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United would only give Solskjaer a handful of games in charge after that and he left the club after a 4-1 hammering away to Watford.

Ralf Rangnick was appointed on an interim basis in December and many hoped he'd be able to secure a top four finish.

That hasn't happened however and the highest United can finish in the league is sixth.

Spurs, meanwhile, are battling Arsenal for a place in the top four and they face off in a huge North London derby on Thursday.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports & Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Gary Neville, Antonio Conte, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Premier League, Jurgen Klopp

Daniel Marland
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