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Manchester United legend: Antonio Conte not the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford

Tottenham have held talks with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte as they look for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, according to reports on Wednesday.

Peter Schmeichel has doubled down on his defence of former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Manchester United legend insisted that Antonio Conte should not replace the Norwegian at Old Trafford.

Pressure is mounting on the United boss after a disappointing run of three league games without victory heading into Sunday’s crunch clash with arch rivals Liverpool.

Italian boss Antonio Conte has been linked with the Old Trafford post and despite the 52-year-old’s success with Inter and Chelsea, Schmeichel does not believe that he would be suitable for United.

‘You can say, “Conte is brilliant”, but he doesn’t stay anywhere for more than a couple of years,’ the former goalkeeper told The Times.

‘We are not that football club. We tried that already. It doesn’t work. Louis van Gaal didn’t win the Premier League, Mourinho didn’t. You say Conte or another name, it’s no difference.

‘It’s about them and what they want to do in a small window of Manchester United’s big history.

‘The problem Ole has is that in this world of quick fixes and fast news he has to win yesterday.

‘It has to be delivered now. But it’s not the real world. We stopped that development for a period and our competitors closed the gap then ran away.’

Solskjaer has entered his third full season as Manchester United boss and is still searching for his first trophy.

The Norwegian fell short in the Europa League final last term and United currently lie five points adrift of league leaders Chelsea after eight games.

Schmeichel previously labelled criticism of Solskjaer ‘ridiculous’, telling ITV: ‘Do they (United fans) want another Van Gaal or another Mourinho? What do they want?

‘It’s been tried, bringing in the so-called big-name managers and they don’t have the same care and attention to detail in the youth and development and DNA of the club as Ole has.’

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