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Patrice Evra wanted Antonio Conte to join Manchester United

Patrice Evra wanted Antonio Conte to join Manchester United (Images: Getty)

Patrice Evra believes Manchester United will regret not appointing Antonio Conte as their manager and say he is still “hurt” and “disappointed” with the decision.

Conte has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November.

The Italian was unemployed after leaving Serie A champions Inter Milan and is said to be keen to take over at United.

But United chose a different route, appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season and then making Erik ten Hag their fifth permanent boss since Sir Alex Ferguson.

By the time Ten Hag was appointed, Conte had already been in charge of Tottenham for seven months, taking Spurs from ninth in the Premier League to fourth and securing a place in the Champions League.

Old Trafford legend Evra says he fully supports Ten Hag but can’t help but reflect on the impact Conte may have had at Manchester United both last season and ahead of the 2022-23 campaign .

“It hurts my heart because I think Conte, Klopp and Guardiola are the best managers in the world at the moment and we could have had him at Manchester United,” he told the Daily Mirror.

Erik ten Hag has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag has signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford (Image: Getty)

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

“Let’s see, now we have Erik ten Hag. Let’s see what he’s up to. He has my support. But even if you brought in a chef as Man United manager, he would have my full support.

“It’s a big disappointment because Antonio Conte could have done something at Manchester United.

“And you can see at Tottenham he helped them qualify for the Champions League.

“They have the same players, so this manager is a genius. When I arrived at Juventus, every player said to me: “Patrice, this guy is a genius.”

Evra won a multitude of trophies at United (Image: Getty)

“He’s hooked, he’s so passionate about football. So you’re going to run really hard. He will make you sweat.

“But if you look at the Tottenham fans they are so happy because now when they see the players win or lose they give it their all. This is the mentality of Antonio Conte.

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

Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League last season, 13 points behind the top four and 35 points behind champions Manchester City.

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