Antonio Conte could unleash Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forgotten man at Man Utd
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Pressure is piling on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his side crumbled to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Saturday. The loss means that the Red Devils have slipped down to fifth place in the Premier League below Chelsea, Liverpool, rivals Manchester City and Brighton.
United took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to a stunning goal from Mason Greenwood, who cut in off the right-wing and blasted a shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
However, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans equalised with an equally sensational goal as he looped a perfect strike over David De Gea and in off the post just 12 minutes later.
The Foxes then took the lead after central defender Caglar Soyuncu capitalised on some lapse defending in the 78th minute to give the home side the lead.
But, again, the score was levelled after Marcus Rashford, making his first appearance of the season, beat the offside trap and thumped a fierce strike past Kasper Schmeichel six minutes later.
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But the game was 2-2 for a matter of moments as Jamie Vardy hit a sweet half-volley into the top corner just one minute later, then substitute Patson Daka made sure that Brendan Rodgers’ side secured all three points by tapping home from a set-piece.
With the unbelievable squad that Solskjaer has to work with, many feel that the Norwegian should be doing better and that it is only a matter of time before he is shown the door.
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has consistently been tipped as the replacement for Solskjaer, and if he does enter the Theatre of Dreams then the implementation of his 3-4-3 system could see the return of Alex Telles.
The Brazilian fullback has made just nine league appearances since joining United from Porto in October 2020, struggling with injuries and being unable to displace Luke Shaw.
However, under Conte, the pair could feature together due to how the ex-Inter Milan boss likes to play with high-pressing wingbacks.
Conte also likes to have his wider centre-backs join the attack when they deem necessary, causing overloads on the wings, therefore Shaw could easily slot in as a left-sided centre-back in the system.
Last year and on the international scene, Shaw played in the said role which showcased his defensive ability but also allowed him to be a presence going forward too.
Telles has always been famed for his ability in the final third, he scored 13 goals in 33 appearances in his final two seasons in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Speaking to United’s club website last year having played as a centreback, Shaw said: “To be fair, I played it a couple of times last season and it’s a role that I have been enjoying,
“Don’t get me wrong – it’s not too much different to left-back. I’m still kind of in the same position [of the pitch].
“But I’m enjoying it, and I’ve said before, wherever the manager wants to play, I’m happy to play and happy to be on the pitch to give my all for the team.”
Telles could become restless sat on the United bench if he is not given opportunities to shine at United and the appointment of a manager who could play him in a role where he will impress.
It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer survives the season at United, or whether, as reported by the Daily Star, fans begin to make enough noise that the board show him the door.
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