As we all know, last weekend Manchester United suffered one of their most humiliating experiences in modern times, as the Red Devils suffered a 5-0 home defeat against bitter north west rivals Liverpool. To make matters worse, French midfielder Paul Pogba also picked up a red card less than 20 minutes after arriving on the pitch.
The defeat only added to the voices calling for United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave the club. It is not unreasonable to think that the Norwegian boss is living on borrowed time in the job. That is based on recent results, not just the loss to Liverpool.
Solskjaer is not an elite head coach
A club the size of Manchester United should always demand the best head coach. It doesn’t matter where the team are on the pitch or that they have failed to win the title since 2013, the Red Devils are still an elite club.
An elite club deserves an elite head coach. No matter what anybody says, it is difficult to argue that Solskjaer is in that class as a coach. He has produced some promising results and some would say that the team has moved forward during his tenure.
However, football is a result-driven business though and a head coach doesn’t usually get much time to turn fortunes around, especially at a club like United. The fact that the Red Devils have won just two of their previous seven matches in all competitions is a major concern.
One of the best in the business available
It is often tough for clubs to recruit a top head coach mid-season. However, at the current time one of the best head coaches in the European game, Antonio Conte is currently available. Reportedly the Italian doesn’t like taking over team’s mid-season. However, other reports suggest that the former Chelsea head coach would be interested in the position.
Conte led Inter to the Serie A title last season, ending the dominance of Juventus in the Italian top-flight. Ironically, it was a dominance that Conte started as head coach of the Bianconeri in Turin.
It was in Turin that Conte started his very handy habit of winning league titles in Europe’s top divisions. Sandwiched in-between his three titles with Juve and his Scudetto win with Inter was a title victory in the Premier League with Chelsea.
The 52-year-old is in the elite bracket of head coaches in world football. He is also a coach that doesn’t necessarily need too much time to work his magic. The Italian demands a high work rate, commitment and effort from his players. If he does not get that then the offending players leave the club or simply do not play.
In truth, at this moment in time, Manchester United could not appoint a better head coach. In fact, they would be hard press to appoint a better head coach at any time. For all his little fables and reputation for being hard to work with, Antonio Conte is simply one of the best head coaches in world football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time seems to be running out in Manchester. If the Norwegian is fired, then it would be a massive surprise if Conte is not at least approached about the position.
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