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Another humiliating home defeat at Old Trafford has left Manchester United struggling in the hunt for European qualification. Already nine points from the top of the league and three points from the Champions League spots, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could face the sack very soon. And with Antonio Conte having gone to Tottenham despite being linked with United in the past, BBC presenter Gary Lineker has rubbed the salt in the wound over his appointment.
Conte joined Tottenham on Tuesday after a six-month hiatus from football.
Having led Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season, the Italian left after disparities with the board over transfer budget.
Conte is a well-known figure in English football, having managed Chelsea from 2016 to 2018, and has been met with open arms by eager Tottenham fans.
Conte was linked with the United job after the 5-0 loss to Liverpool two weeks ago, although their win over Tottenham last week gave Solskjaer another lifeline.
Then-Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo was not so lucky, as he was fired and replaced by Conte – with many United fans wishing he was in the dugout at Old Trafford instead.
And Lineker made a joke over the bizarre situation after City ran riot as United’s ‘noisy neighbours’ stormed ahead in the table.
“Another drubbing for @ManUtd,” Lineker said.
“They could always have a go for Conte…oh hang on a minute.”
Solskjaer is still in the job thus far, although he is walking on extremely thin ice after the result.
And the ex-United striker insists he will continue to fight until he leaves the job.
“Definitely. And you’re right, back to where we should be, for me it’s about back to what we started to look like,” Solskjaer said about whether the performance was lacking after the drubbing.
“We started to look a proper team, we started to look like a team I like to see.
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“We’ve had three or four weeks now of a disappointing spell.
“The result and performance against Tottenham was good but it’s not what we want to look like, to put it that way. We want to be on the front foot and more aggressive.
“But unfortunately, we’ve had to try and get a few good results. We got a couple against Atalanta and Tottenham but today was a big step back.
“I have good communication with the club all the time which is up front and honest. I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United. As long as I am here I want to improve this.”
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