Manchester United owners the Glazers have been holding ‘crisis talks’, report The Mail.

United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool has underscored a feeling that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the club as far as he can.

United sit in seventh place, closer in points to 17th than first. It feels like history is repeating itself from when Jose Mourinho was fired in 2018.

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The Mail report the shock of the embarrassing defeat is ‘reverberating around the club’.

The Glazers have reportedly held crisis talks with outgoing chief executive Ed Woodward, and his expected replacement Richard Arnold.

A firm decision one way or the other on Solskjaer is yet to be taken. But it increasingly feels like he is destined for the sack.

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Conte frontrunner to replace Solskjaer

Antonio Conte seems like the antithesis of Solskjaer. He has a reputation as a short-term manager who clashes with his superiors.

Importantly, Conte is a winner. He has won titles with three clubs, Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, and he is currently available.

The Mail‘s report describes Conte as frontrunner, while a separate report from the same newspaper profiles him as the manager Manchester United should crave.

 

Sky Sport Italia report United are considering Conte, as links grow stronger. Fabrizio Romano claims Conte ‘wants the Manchester United job’.

Sky Sport Italia reporter Angelo Mangiante claims it is ‘just a matter of time’, before Conte takes over at United.

Under the Solskjaer era, United have resisted everything Conte has stood for.

Now with Solskjaer failing, Conte is appearing to be a choice the club are prepared to consider again.

United need a proven manager right now. The supporters want a winner.

How many more years will another rebuild take? Solskjaer has effectively done the rebuild, or large parts of it save for the lack of options in midfield, but he has given his successor a better squad than the one he inherited.

Now the next step must be taken by a manager who can win the title, this year or next, if Solskjaer has not left too much to do.

That’s why it’s important United don’t delay and lose further ground. Conte has shown he can win the league with Chelsea and is seemingly keen for a fresh challenge.

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