Manchester United were tipped to be serious Premier League title contenders before the start of the 2021/22 football season, considering the level of summer transfer business they conducted.
Two months into the 2021/22 football season, things are not going as expected at Manchester United, as they are already five points behind the top of the Premier League table, Kicked out of the Carabao Cup, and are struggling in a relatively easy Champions League group.
United might be looking to change the squad management, by sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if the situation of the club fails to improve in the coming weeks.
Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are the two managers touted to replace the Norwegian at Manchester United this season, if he is sacked.
Both Zidane and Conte are currently considered to be one of the best tacticians in Europe, and will easily make impact at Manchester United.
In this article, we will be examing both managers to see who could be best suited to Manchester United.
1. Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte is known for using the 3–5–2 formation, or in certain cases, its more defensive variant, 5–3–2, fielding two wingbacks in lieu of wingers, with two out-and-out strikers backed by an attacking box-to-box midfielder in a three-man midfield, in front of a three-man defensive line.
Although Conte's teams are capable of playing a short passing possession game, in which the ball is played out from the back on the ground, they are mainly known for their direct style of attacking play, as well as their ability to utilise long balls and score from counter-attacks with few touches.
Defensive solidity has been highlighted as a hallmark of his sides, as well as the effective use of high and aggressive pressing in order to put pressure on opponents and win back the ball quickly.
Conte has won numerous trophies with his style of management, and has been tasted in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Zidane managerial philosophies is based on attacking football, as he prefers to win games with large margin, regardless of conceding goals in return.
Although Zinedine Zidane's team also has the qualities of keeping clean sheets in games, but he is typically concern with his team outscoring their opponents, with great attacking football.
Zidane is known to be flexible with his team tactics, as he has made used of the 4:3:3, 4:4:2, and even the 4:2:3:1 formation with his team, just to get the best out of the players at his disposal, and the players that are to start a particular game.
He has great man management skills and has managed top, and world class players without losing the dressing room. Zidane has proven himself to be a constant winner of titles at Real Madrid, winning 11 trophies in his two stint with the club.
Although, he is yet to taste himself with another club or league, aside from Real Madrid and the La Liga.
Who do you think is the best option for Manchester United, between Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane?
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