Football journalist Dean Jones has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of Manchester United potentially replacing their current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Antonio Conte.
This comes after Jones made an appearance on a recent episode of Touchline Talk where he discussed a number of topics surrounding a range of European football clubs.
On the subject of Solskjaer, who has now lost seven out of the 11 Champions League games he’s taken charge of at United following their 2-1 defeat against Young Boys in midweek, Jones had this to say about the possibility of the Manchester club potentially replacing the Norwegian with Conte (3:23):
“I think you have to be looking at managers like that, you need that winning mentality.
“And I think when you look at the signings they’ve made in [Raphael] Varane and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, and you look at what have they gone for, they’ve gone for pedigree, they’ve gone for Champions League quality, they’ve gone for guys that know what it takes to win at the highest level and excel in their positions and Conte excels at succeeding very quickly with football teams.
“He’s not the only candidate that should be considered here, there are others, but he’s available and he’s somebody that has to come into consideration.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones comments on United potentially replacing Solskjaer with Conte…
Taking into account how Conte managed to win the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years in charge of Chelsea, and the fact that United haven’t managed to win a trophy since the 2016/17 season, it’s easy to see why Jones thinks Conte could be a good fit at United if they are looking for short-term success.
Would you like to see United replace Solskjaer with Conte?
In our view, given how Solskjaer signed a new contract at the Manchester club back in June that will see him continue until at least 2024, with an option for a further year, we feel that they see him as their long-term manager and the club aren’t considering replacing him anytime soon, despite his unfortunate Champions League record.
Moving forward, if United can put in a decent performance and take all three points in their upcoming Premier League match against West Ham United, this could be a good way of removing some of the potential doubts over Solskjaer’s capabilities, at least for the time being.