Four reasons why Conte should be shorter price for Man Utd job

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On the whole, Louis van Gaal is a popular selection to be the next manager of Manchester United and the fact that he has won a league title with every club side that he has been in charge of is a prominent reason for this backing.

However, there has to be a concern as to whether he is fully up to speed with the current domestic game and whether his managerial ideas are outdated.

After all, of the 14 trophies he has guided teams to in his managerial career, only four of these have arrived this century.

We have also touched on some other reasons why Van Gaal may not be the best option for Man Utd here, yet he remains the clear 4/6 favourite to be appointed the permanent successor to David Moyes.

Looking through the entirety of the next Man Utd manager betting, one name that surely deserves to be more prominent is Antonio Conte, who is treading water somewhat at 33/1.

The Juventus manager has previously indicated that he would one day like to work in the Premier League and the fact that he has been taking English lessons for some while shows his commitment to this cause.

Furthermore, one criticism that can’t be labelled at Conte is a lack of recent trophies, with Juventus all but confirmed as the Italian champions for the third successive season. He has also won two Italian cups with the Old Lady and a Serie B title at Bari since 2009.

Although there is a feeling he will end up signing an extension, the fact Conte’s contract is up in the summer must give Man Utd a greater chance of securing his signature, especially if he is promised a big piggy bank to spend.

There are thoughts that it is Juventus’ transfer strategy that is giving him doubts over remaining at the club.

Finally, the Man Utd decision makers may have taken note of recent comments from Carlos Tevez, who likened Conte to Sir Alex Ferguson, stating both are on the “same level”.

A victory in the Europa League may push Conte closer to the top of the Man Utd manager next manager shortlist and this can be backed at 6/4.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.