Gary Neville reminds Jamie Carragher of Antonio Conte verdict as Manchester United fans say they ‘dodged a bullet’ and hail Erik ten Hag deal

Manchester United fans and even former players all thought the same when they saw Antonio Conte’s sensational dismissal of Tottenham’s players.

The Spurs boss put in not only his players but also his employers in stunning fashion after the 3-3 draw with Southampton.


Conte saw another terrible result for Spurs

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And lost his cool post match

Spurs had a 3-1 lead going into the game at St Mary’s but threw it away with 15 minutes to play, to the disgust of their manager.

“The problem is that we have shown that we are not a team. We are 11 players,” he said.

“I see selfish players. I see players who don’t want to help each other, don’t play with heart.”

Conte then took aim at chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis, as well as the players.

He continued: “It’s the same every season, whoever the manager is. They’re used to this.

“Don’t play for something important. They don’t want to play under pressure. They don’t want to play under stress.


Conte went after his players and employers

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“The history of Tottenham is this. 20 years there is the owner and they have never won anything. Why?”

The Italian joined Spurs in early November 2021 and was seen as a huge coup with five league titles across Serie A and the Premier League.

Before returning to England, where he previously managed Chelsea, he had been heavily linked with Manchester United as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

However, this move never materialised, with United sacking Solskjaer just weeks after Conte returned to London with Spurs.

Some suggested United may regret not acting sooner to change manager, with Ralf Rangnick’s disastrous interim spell securing their worst ever Premier League campaign.


Some wanted Conte to replace Solskjær


But they ended up with Ten Hag instead

However, it meant they could sign Erik ten Hag from Ajax in the summer of 2022, with Gary Neville reminding Jamie Carragher that he was doomed not to want Conte.

When reminded of it on Twitter, he said: “Oh, I do.”

Carragher then replied: “Yes, you would have rather kept that series winner Ole! Then you wanted Poch not ETH, I told you ETH was the better choice but you wouldn’t listen.”

Neville replied: “Oh but we would have got what you and loads of United fans wanted. By the way ETH is great but Poch is a great manager and would have been much better for United than your choice!!!”

The former Manchester United defender then said: “A lot of people say Conte should go this morning. I would keep him right where he is and make him do his job.”

Neville took to Twitter after Conte’s rant

United fans also couldn’t contain their joy at seeing Conte’s meltdown.

One tweeted: “Waiting for Erik ten Hag and not hiring Conte despite pressure from media and pundits when he was literally begging for the job could be one of Man Utd’s best decisions in recent years.”

Another added: “Tbh I wanted Conte for us like a lot of United fans but that’s because we were desperate at the time. Man I sleep well at night knowing we got Erik ten Hag.”

A third said: “Our fan base really wanted Antonio Conte over this man. Waiting for Ten Hag could be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made as a football club.”

And another summed up the mood by saying: “I thank the stars every day that we managed to get Ten Hag and dodged the Conte bullet when Ole got fired.”

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