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Patrice Evra says Man United will regret not moving for Tottenham boss Antonio Conte

‘It hurts my heart’: Patrice Evra says Man United will regret not moving to Antonio Conte last year after the Italian led Tottenham to the Champions League… but Old Trafford legend will be Erik ten Hag supports

  • Tottenham appoint Antonio Conte after Nuno Espirito Santo . sacked
  • The Italian was linked with the Man United job around that time last year
  • But they had missed it by the time Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired in November
  • Conte duly led Spurs to a spot in the Champions League as United finished only sixth
  • And Old Trafford legend Patrice Evra has an idea of ​​what could have been

Patrice Evra is still ‘hurt’ that Manchester United have not appointed Antonio Conte as manager following the Italian’s impressive impact at Tottenham.

Spurs appointed Conte in early November following the sacking of Nuno Espirito Santo and finished fourth in the Premier League standings, returning him to Champions League football next season.

United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later in November when they missed Conte, who was linked with them.

Antonio Conte led Tottenham to the Champions League after being appointed late last year

Antonio Conte led Tottenham to the Champions League after being appointed late last year

Man United, who missed out on Conte, could under Ralf Rangnick .  only become sixth

Man United, who missed Conte, could under Ralf Rangnick . only become sixth

They chose to bring in Ralf Rangnick as interim manager and could only finish sixth, with Erik ten Hag their new permanent position.

And Old Trafford legend Evra, who is fully supportive of the Dutch coach, can’t help but wonder what could have been for his former club.

He told the daily mirror: ‘It hurts my heart. Because I think Conte, [Jurgen] knock, [Pep] Guardiola – all those managers are the best in the world right now and we could have had him at Manchester United.

“But some people at the club said, ‘It’s not our style, it’s not what we’re looking for.’

‘Well, let’s see, now we have Erik ten Hag. Let’s see what he’s going to do. He has my support.

Patrice Evra (right), seen at Soccer Aid, thinks United may regret their Conte call

Patrice Evra (right), seen at Soccer Aid, thinks United may regret their Conte call

Erik ten Hag has come in as the new manager of Manchester United with a major renovation

Erik ten Hag has come in as the new manager of Manchester United with a major renovation

“But even if you got a chef, as a manager of Man United, he would have my full support.”

Evra added to Conte: “It’s a huge disappointment because he could have done something at Man United.

‘And you can see with Tottenham, he helped them qualify for the Champions League’

“That’s why I say it hurts. Not because it’s Tottenham – I love every team – but it’s just because Conte could have done something.”

Conte rejuvenated Spurs last season when they beat rivals Arsenal to finish in fourth place

Conte rejuvenated Spurs last season when they beat rivals Arsenal to finish in fourth place

Conte is already active in the transfer market as Spurs aim to start next season. He paid £25million for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma and pulled Ivan Perisic out of Inter Milan and Fraser Forster of Southampton.

United have yet to seal the first-ever signing of the Ten Hag era, and talks are underway for the Netherlands and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is the new manager’s No. 1 priority.



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