If Manchester United’s board of directors decides to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Antonio Conte, it will indicate a significant shift in opinion at Old Trafford.
Following United’s humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, Solskjaer’s status is under intense criticism.
United has argued privately in recent weeks that Solskjaer’s job was secure, especially since the Norwegian was given a fresh three-year contract last summer.
However, after a poor start to the season, the writing is on the wall for Solskjaer, with matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Chelsea on the horizon.
Following Jose Mourinho’s departure in December 2018, Solskjaer was named interim manager, and the Norwegian was not considered a long-term replacement.
Man United stated that the hunt for a new manager would take place concurrently with Solskjaer’s appointment as interim manager, that Conte was a top priority for the club.
After a trophy-laden but tumultuous two-year tenure in west London, the Italian had left rivals, Chelsea, the previous summer.
United’s board thought Conte had the stature to succeed Mourinho, but they were concerned about his contentious character, according to the Daily Express, and thought he would only be a short-term answer to the club’s difficulties.
During his stint in the Premier League, Conte had disagreements with Chelsea’s board, and he departed Inter Milan after being overruled on transfers.
It remains to be seen whether United’s attitude on Conte has softened in light of Solskjaer’s side’s recent performances.
Solskjaer was named following a remarkable stint as interim manager, and he was given a new three-year contract earlier this year after leading United to third place in his first full season in command and second place last season.
United, on the other hand, have only 14 points from their first nine games this season, with Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool being the worst performance of Solskjaer’s tenure.