Manchester United’s board rejected appointing former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte as their manager over fears the current squad would not adapt to his style.
Before the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of November, there were rumours that Conte was on his way to Old Trafford after a string of bad results from Solskjaer.
But instead, the Italian diverted to north London where he was appointed by Tottenham and has since then gone undefeated in the Premier League in his first eight games in charge.
United settled for German coach, Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis as they continue searching for a new permanent manager, who will be appointed in the summer.
While Tottenham are two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the league table, a defeat to Wolves last Monday meant that Rangnick’s United remained in seventh place.
Many fans have now questioned whether the club made a mistake in overlooking serial title winner, Conte when he was available.
Initially, it was said that Manchester United’s board feared that bringing in a manager as volatile and authoritarian as Conte would demand a massive overhaul of players in the transfer market.
Daily Mail now claims that the club’s hierarchy were actually concerned about how Conte’s management style would fit the existing players.
They worried that Conte’s precision and micro-coaching would be unsuited to the current squad.
The club’s board took a ‘long look’ at Conte, according to the report, and strongly believed the Italian is a great manager but only worried that his exacting standards and instructions would simply not mesh with the players.
The club felt the former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss’s style relied too much on programming players to carry out specific instructions to minute details.
The board also fears that Manchester United lack leaders in the dressing room and plans to address that issue in the summer window.
Salah overtakes Ronaldo as Premier League’s highest-paid player with new deal
Mohamed Salah’s new £400,000-per-week salary at Liverpool has made him the top earner in the Premier League, according to Daily Mail.
The Egyptian has ended speculation about his future, by putting pen to paper on a bumper deal until 2025.
Salah is now ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), who are on reported salaries of £385,000-per-week.
City’s new striker, Erling Haaland, is close behind on £375,000-per-week, the same wage as United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Salah, however, ranks as the fourth highest-paid footballer in the world.
The 30-year-old’s wages is dwarfed by those ahead of him, all of whom play for Paris Saint-Germain.
Neymar comes in at third-place with £606,000-per-week.
Lionel Messi took a pay cut when he joined PSG from Barcelona last summer, but he’s still on a stunning salary of £960,000-per-week.
Messi was the biggest earner in the world until a few weeks ago, when he was overtaken by team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who signed a new three-year contract with the Ligue 1 side reported to be worth £1million-per-week.
PSG to offload Messi
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly planning to offload forward Lionel Messi this summer, according to Spanish journalist Pedro Morata via PSG Talk.
Messi joined PSG last summer from his boyhood club, Barcelona.
The Argentine captain failed to live up to expectations, scoring just 11 goals from 34 games across competitions for PSG.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, though, has shown signs of a revival over the summer.
Messi was outstanding for La Albiceleste in the last few games, scoring goals for fun and winning the Finalissima.
However, it appears PSG have run out of patience with Messi.
PSG’s new sporting director Luis Campos is planning a squad revamp and is also ready to axe Messi.
EPL: Arsenal agree deal with 25-year-old midfielder
Arsenal have agreed on personal terms with 25-year-old Leicester City midfielder, Youri Tielemans.
This claim was made by respected Journalist Ben Jacobs.
According to Jacobs, Arsenal have ‘put in a heck lot of work’ to secure a deal for the Belgium international.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Ben Jacobs was quoted as saying: “Arsenal have put in a heck of a lot of work into Tielemans.
“They have agreed personal terms, and their talks with Tielemans date back for the best part of a year. But for whatever reason, Arsenal have decided not to swoop just yet and actually table a bid with Leicester City.
“And if they do so, and agree a fee at the lowest end £25 million, at the highest end £32 million, they will get Youri Tielemans.”
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