Nev defends claim Conte shouldn’t lead Utd
Gary Neville has fiercely defended his claim that former Chelsea chief Antonio Conte is no good for Manchester United amid criticism from Jamie Carragher.
It comes after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he didn’t like the kind of football Conte’s Tottenham side are playing after their 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds boss said: “I’m sorry, I’m not the right person for this, I don’t like this kind of football. But that’s my personal problem.
“I think they are 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 that’s my problem. I don’t can’t train it. That’s why I can’t do it.
“So yeah, world class players block all the balls, really hard. Atletico Madrid do that. Very good, they won everything.
“Fine, absolutely fine. I can’t. I respect everything they do, but that’s not me.”
Conte was touted for the Manchester United job last year but the Red Devils opted to stay with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a few more games. The Italian then opted to join Tottenham instead, while Man Utd sacked Solskjaer and appointed Ralf Rangnick as caretaker boss.
Neville, legend of Old Trafford retweeted quote Klopp’s comments and added: “I have great respect for Conte and his football, but this Klopp interview gives the clear reason why he was not the right fit for United.”
Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Carragher then responded with a screenshot of a headline that read: ‘Gary Neville calls for brutal Diego Simeone to be considered Manchester United’s next manager’.
To which Neville replied: “Simone 4-4-2 aggressive style. Good United that. Conte wing backs?? No..”