Antonio Conte Identifies Nine Players To Build Team Around At Manchester United
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If Antonio Conte does decide to take over at Manchester United then he will favour nine players to build his team around, according to reports, with Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in danger of losing their first-team spot.
The former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan manager is being heavily linked with the United job as speculation surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's uncertain future continues to linger after last weekend's 5-0 defeat against Liverpool.
Solskjaer has reportedly been given three games to save his job after the loss, with Saturday's trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the first before a tricky Champions League match against Atalanta and a Manchester derby on November 6th.
The decision from main part of Manchester United board is now confirmed/approved. My understanding is Ole Gunnar Solskjær will definitely be in charge for Tottenham game on Saturday :red_circle: #MUFC
Ferguson supported him. Ole also spoke to players today. Next games will be crucial. pic.twitter.com/rx7TrnMw5K
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 26, 2021
Conte, meanwhile, is looking for a new role after he left Milan by mutual consent, with reports suggesting the experienced Italian would be open to talks about taking over at Old Trafford if the Norwegian is relieved of his duties.
One thing is for certain; the 52-year-old has tons of experience dealing with big names in a dressing room.
He helped Romelu Lukaku flourish at the San Siro last season as Inter secured a historic Serie A title and, judging by Ashley Young's comments to Gabriel Agbonlahor this week, he demands the absolute most every player in training sessions.
:flushed: "Conte once said that if a player ever ignored his tactics, he would kill him!"
:runner: "I spoke to @Youngy18 and he said Conte will make you run non stop! I think it's exactly what this #MUFC team needs."
Gabby Agbonlahor believes Antonio Conte could be what Man United need. :red_circle: pic.twitter.com/bOayMuwnNM
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 27, 2021
So who would he build his team around at Old Trafford if he was to takeover?
According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Conte has identified Cristiano Ronaldo, Alex Telles, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as key members of the side.
If the above report is indeed accurate, then defenders Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka may be fighting for their first-team spot, as will Fred and Scott McTominay, who have come under criticism for their performances in midfield.
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Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Antonio Conte