Paul Scholes believes Manchester United could still appoint Antonio Conte

Paul Scholes has claimed that Manchester United could lure Antonio Conte away from Tottenham if they wished.

Speaking on a Webby & O’Neil podcast, the former United midfielder believes that the Red Devils should have one of the top five managers in the world at the helm.

Despite appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim boss to replace Scholes’ former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the BT Sport pundit feels his old club is currently a “mess”.

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Scholes said: “Manchester United is the biggest, it’s the best and for me United should have the best available in the most important roles, which includes the manager of the football club.”


Although Rangnick is “well-regarded” across Europe and specifically Germany, Scholes doesn’t believe he has the coaching pedigree to manage ‘the biggest club in the world’.

Scholes added: “It’s something I cannot get my head round. We should have the best and we haven’t got that.”

The 47-year-old felt the timing was “ideal” for Conte to replace Solskjaer when he was seemingly available.

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Endorsing Conte, the former England international said: “Some people say he isn’t suited to Manchester United, we have seen what he has done at Tottenham with a squad that is nowhere near as good as United’s.

“Spurs will probably challenger for top four and I think United missed the trick with him.”

From Conte’s first eight Premier League games in charge of Spurs, the north London side have won five and drawn three times.

Although United look like they have missed the boat on Antonio Conte, Paul Scholes still believes the Italian could be tempted to come to Old Trafford if the Reds approached him in the summer.

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Scholes said: “Conte we know is up there with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, that’s a given. So I think Manchester United should be looking at something like that.

“I think they could still get him from Tottenham. You can already see that Conte’s starting to get a bit frustrated with his squad of players.

“I think he could do something special here [Old Trafford] Conte. He’s got the pedigree to do it. Will we be able to get him I don’t know.”

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