Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte said the British club Manchester United wanted to hire him before hiring Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal. The 45 year old has revealed that he was approached by Man United last summer strongly implied to be the manager of Red Devils.
Antonio Conte: Man United approached me before Van Gaal
After winning three consecutive Serie a titles with Juventus, Conte resigned from Juventus in July 2014 and replaced Cesare Prandelli as coach of Italy. But he has suggested that United sounded him out first over moving to Old Trafford, nothing that the club in question eventually hired a new manager who had been in charge of a national team.
He told to TV show Grand Hotel Chiambretti that “The English team that looked for me ended up singing the coach of a national team. But my challenge with the national team is personal. Becoming a coach where usually the job is to select players, it is inspiring.”
The club had been looking for a new manager after David Moyes, the chosen successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, was fired towards the end of his disastrous first season in charge.
After a poor start in Premier League this season under the management of Van Gaal, Manchester United recovered well and occupied fourth spot after 28 games. Manchester United still have chance to qualify for Champions League’s group stage, but Arsenal are also in the course of qualifying directly to round of 32.
Antonio Conte won five Serie A titles, one Champions League and Coppa Italia during a decorated 13 year playing career at Juventus. He is now managing Italy National Football Team and they are unbeaten in six games under Antonio Conte.