GARY NEVILLE has ferociously defended his claim that Antonio Conte is not right for Manchester United amid criticism from Jamie Carragher. It co
GARY NEVILLE has ferociously defended his claim that Antonio Conte is not right for Manchester United amid criticism from Jamie Carragher.
It comes after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he doesn’t like the kind of football Conte‘s Tottenham team play following their 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday.
Neville insists Conte would not be a good fit at Manchester United[/caption]
The Reds boss said: “I’m sorry I’m the wrong person for that, I don’t like this kind of football. But that’s my personal problem.
“I think they’re world class, and I think they should do more for the game. I think the game against Liverpool they had 36, 38 per cent possession.
“But it’s my problem. I cannot coach it. So that’s why I cannot do it.
“So yes, world class players block all the balls, really difficult. Atletico Madrid is doing it. Fine, they won whatever.
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“Fine, absolutely fine. I just can’t. I respect everything they do, but it’s not me.”
Conte was touted for the Manchester United job last year but the Red Devils opted to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a few more matches.
The Italian then chose to join Tottenham instead, while Man Utd sacked Solskjaer and appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim boss.
Rangnick’s appointment has not worked out as the club have missed out on Champions League qualification.
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And many have made the case that they should have brought in Conte when the could.
But Neville does not believe that was ever the right move.
He quote retweeted the comments from Klopp and added: “I respect Conte and his football enormously but this Klopp interview gives the clear reason why he wasn’t the right fit for United.”
Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Carragher then responded with a screenshot of a headline which read: “Gary Neville calls for brutal Diego Simeone to be considered for next Manchester United manager”.
To which Neville replied: “Simone 4-4-2 aggressive style. Proper United that. Conte wing backs ?? No..”
The Guardian’s Barney Ronay then also responded to Neville’s tweet by saying: “Maybe trying to replicate and pay homage to the past, while the present moves on around you, is actually an obstacle to progress.”
And Neville replied: “I’m glad Sir Alex didn’t think that when looking at Sir Matt .”
Talksport host Hugh Woozencroft then asked Neville: “If United played football the right way, with open attacking football, but didn’t win the Premier League for 30 years, would you find it acceptable?”
To which the ex-Man Utd full-back said: “You can play football in an expressive way and win the league though?
“Pep, Wenger, Sir Alex, Klopp etc all proved that. Don’t get your point.”