EPL: Why Conte is wrong choice for Man Utd – Peter Schmeichel
Manchester United legend, Peter Schmeichel, has insisted that former Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, would be the wrong choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford because it would only be another attempt at a quick fix.
Schmeichel, who said this ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday, wants the Red Devils to keep Solskjaer at the club and not to appoint Conte.
Solskjaer had come under intense pressure at Man United in recent weeks due to his side’s performance.
Many United fans also called for the club to replace Solskjaer with Conte, who has won top-flight league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan in the past.
“You can say, ‘Conte is brilliant’. But he doesn’t stay anywhere for more than a couple of years,” Schmeichel said in an interview with The Times.
“We are not that football club. We tried that already. It doesn’t work.
“Louis van Gaal didn’t win the Premier League, Mourinho didn’t. You say Conte or another name, it is no different. It’s about them and what they want to do in a small window of Manchester United’s big history.
“The problem Ole has is that in this world of quick fixes and fast news, he has to win yesterday. It has to be delivered now. But it’s not the real world. We stopped that development for a period and our competitors closed the gap then ran away.
“We have to catch them, but I believe – in the way we have done in the biggest periods with Sir Matt [Busby] and with Sir Alex – that if you build and take time, then you get it right for a very long time. That’s what I meant with that line about heart and soul.
“Liverpool, how long did it take them to get it right? Only when they found a manager who understood the club. Ole is there now and I hope he stays. But if there is a change in the next couple of years, I hope the club really does the due diligence.”