Paul Scholes: Man United can STILL get Conte even though he's at Spurs

Paul Scholes claims Manchester United can STILL get Antonio Conte even though he recently joined Spurs… and says he ‘can’t get my head around’ Ralf Rangnick appointment as he ‘hasn’t had that much success’

  • Paul Scholes believes Manchester United can still get Antonio Conte this year
  • Conte was strongly linked to United before he signed terms at Tottenham
  • The Italian was already at Spurs when United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • United appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim who Scholes has questioned as a boss
  • Scholes says Conte and Mauricio Pochettino are the only candidates for United

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United should target Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino in the summer, even though the first option has only just become Tottenham boss.

Italian manager Conte was strongly linked to the Old Trafford job earlier this season, but had already committed to Spurs by the time the Red Devils sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, with Ralf Rangnick appointed on an interim basis. 

But even though Conte still has two-and-a-half years on his Tottenham contract, former United midfielder Scholes believes the Italian is still an option for the Red Devils – along with PSG manager Pochettino – as they’re the only suitable options.  

Paul Scholes (above) says Manchester United can still hire Antonio Conte as manager in 2022

Scholes believes Conte(left) and Mauricio Pochettino (right) are the only candidates for United

‘Conte and Pochettino, they’re the ones we want,’ Scholes told the Webby & O’Neill channel. ‘Conte, we know he’s up there with (Pep) Guardiola, (Thomas) Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp. 

‘You know what, I still think they could still get him from Tottenham. Tottenham fans probably won’t like me saying for saying that. But you can see Conte is already getting a little bit frustrated with his squad of players – he’s asking for other stuff. 

‘I think he could do something special here, Conte. He’s got the pedigree to do it. Will we be able to get him? I don’t know.’

‘Pochettino – I think he’s a brilliant manager. I love what he’s done at Tottenham and at Southampton. PSG? We don’t know yet. Give him another year or this season to see if he can prove to be an elite manager. 

Conte was already snapped up by Tottenham when United’s managerial job became open

‘But because he hasn’t won anything of significance, and I think he won the French league and cup last year, he still has something to prove for me. I think he’s more than capable of doing it.’

Fellow United legend Gary Neville claimed that Conte ‘was not a right fit’ for the Old Trafford role as the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was just a ‘hitman who comes in and does a job for two years’.

But Scholes believes that Conte and Pochettino both lie in the class of top five managers in world football – with the other three managers among their Premier League rivals. 

With regards to current interim boss Rangnick, who suffered his first defeat as United boss last week at home to Wolves, Scholes believes the Red Devils deserve the ‘biggest and the best’ as their manager – which the German is not.  

Scholes says Ralf Rangnick is not the ‘biggest and the best’ pick for the Old Trafford club

‘Manchester United is the best,’ Scholes added. ‘It’s the biggest and the best. Manchester United should have the best available in the most important roles – and the most important role is the manager of the football club. It has to be.

‘We’ve gone to man who is very well-regarded across Europe and Germany especially. The coaches like Klopp and Tuchel speak highly of him. But he hasn’t had that much success as a coach. 

‘He did a little bit in Germany – won promotion and did a little bit with Schalke. But he’s been asked to manage one of the best clubs in the world. It’s something I just can’t get my head around. 

‘They haven’t got (the best). It should be one of the top five managers in the world. Tuchel, Guardiola and Klopp – they’re the top three. They’re unavailable, no chance you can get them.’ 

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