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Antonio Conte to Man United ‘gaining pace’ as Glazers face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under a lot of criticism recently following a poor run of results and, if reports are to be believed, he will have an ex-Premier League winning manager breathing down his neck in Antonio Conte.

Solskjaer impressed last season with a second-placed Premier League finish, alongside an agonising defeat in the Europa League final against Villarreal.

The signings United made this summer were set to improve on that standing and pundits and fans alike expected Solskjaer’s men to finally challenge for silverware across all competitions.

But having scraped through the Champions League so far, being knocked out of the League Cup and looking miles off the pace in the Premier League, the Norwegian has come under a lot of fire from many stakeholders.

And according to Calciomercato, United chiefs have started to hold Solskjaer’s future in doubt after continuous poor results – meaning Antonio Conte could come in.

Conte famously won the league with Chelsea in 2017 with an incredible 93 points, seven ahead of second-placed Tottenham and an astonishing 24 points ahead of Manchester United in sixth.

His 3-4-3 style of football took the Premier League by storm, with Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Willian linking up to bring a fifth Premier League title to Stamford Bridge.

And with the Italian winning the Serie A title last season with Inter Milan, he is a manager in hot demand in terms of being able to win silverware – with the report by Calciomercato claiming that a move could be done with talks ‘gathering pace’.

The Lecce-born manager, who won the Serie A three times with Juventus too, would inherit a squad similar to the one he took over at Chelsea.

And with the report claiming a deal could be done soon whilst United remain in and around the top of the Premier League, talks could move fast to oust Solskjaer from the hot seat.

Solskjaer has appeared to annoy the dressing room after his comments about Marcus Rashford in recent times.

Rashford has recently come back from injury and scored on his return against Leicester – although Solskjaer believes he should stay out of the spotlight and focus on his football.

“I know that we will see the best of Marcus in the years to come,” Solskjaer said.

“You know what he has done off the pitch as well because he has done some fantastic things, and now it is time to maybe prioritise his football and focus on football.

“He’s got a challenge on his hands here at Manchester United, he has a challenge on his hands to play for England and I think Marcus is one of those who takes up those challenges.

“He knows that we want a lot from him, but we are going to give him the time to get back to what he was and what he can be.”

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