Antonio Conte explains Zinedine Zidane influence on philosophy amid interest in Man United job


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as Manchester United manager appears to be in serious doubt, with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte set to take over Old Trafford.

United’s poor campaign reached new depths on Sunday, as they were hammered 5-0 by rivals Liverpool on their own patch.

The defeat and the embarrassing manner of it led to further calls from sections of United’s fan base for Solskjaer to be relieved of his post.

Despite spending heavily to secure Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer, the Red Devils have lost three and drawn in their last four Premier League games and are eight points behind league leaders Chelsea .

MEN understand that United have discussed the possibility of sacking Solskjaer and that Conte are reportedly ready to take charge at Old Trafford despite some concerns about the club’s structure.

Conte is one of the most decorated managers in modern game, having led Juventus to three Serie A titles and Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup. He also took Inter Milan to the Italian top flight award last season before leaving the club this summer.

Conte gave insight into his coaching style during an interview at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai in 2013, when he said he learned a lot playing alongside iconic playmakers like Zinedine Zidane and Roberto. Baggio.

“I didn’t have the talent of Zinedine Zidane or Roberto Baggio as a player, and I played with both, that even when they were surrounded they could try to break through or create interesting situations with the balloon, ”the Italian said, via FourFourTwo.

“When I was a player my effort and pace of work, my willingness to sacrifice fitness and humility made up for my sheer lack of talent but sometimes if I didn’t find a teammate next to me I could lose the ball.

“As a manager, my first thought from day one was that I wanted to find solutions for my players when the ball hit them, because I couldn’t.

“If my players don’t understand something, I force the player to wonder why we are making such a move or working on certain tactics in training both offensively and defensively. I always want my players to fully understand the problem. I want to understand why we do certain things and why these things are useful. ”

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