Italian tactician, Antonio Conte has said he is “ready to stay at home” if he is not convinced by his next club’s project.
Former Chelsea boss Conte, who is without a club after leaving Inter Milan in May, has also been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next incumbent in the Old Trafford hotseat.
It remains to be seen if Conte would be United’s preferred choice to replace Solskjaer, but the Italian would be keen on the job.
Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I look for the projects instead and I am ready to stay at home if something is not convincing me.
“It has to do with vision, honesty and principles. Generally, I like challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career. Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived.
“However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept, regardless of the money.”
United have won only four of their eight Premier League matches and are now without a victory in three ahead of a daunting domestic run in which they face Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the coming weeks.
But former United defender Gary Neville said on Instagram on Sunday: “Conte won’t be the manager at Manchester United, I don’t think.
“I don’t think they’ll go for that option, personally. He’s a great manager but I think certain managers fit certain clubs and I don’t think Conte fits United personally. As I say, great manager but doesn’t feel right for me that one.”
When it was put to Neville that Conte would win the title with the right squad, he said: “I’m not into that, giving someone a squad. We tried that with Jose, ‘Give Jose a squad and we’ll definitely win the league’. We didn’t, and in the end, it was a mess and everybody wanted him out.”