Antonio Conte has suggested that Manchester United had hoped to recruit him as manager before they moved to appoint Louis van Gaal as the successor to David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Moyes was relieved of his duties just 10 months after being selected to fill the immeasurable void left by the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, with Van Gaal eventually named as the man to replace the beleaguered Scot.
Manchester United were linked with numerous candidates following the dismissal of Moyes, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola among them, while Conte was also a name touted for the vacant position.
Conte, who was made Italy coach after deciding to stand down at Juventus, has now hinted that he was approached by Manchester United regarding the role, although it is unclear why he would have rejected the offer.
“The English team that looked for me ended up signing the coach of a national team,” Conte said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“But my challenge with the national team is personal. Becoming a coach where usually the job is to select players, it is inspiring.”
Conte would have been an intriguing appointment by Manchester United and his achievements in Italy would have deemed him worth of such an esteemed job.
The 45-year-old won Serie A in all three of the seasons he spent in Turin with Juventus, and had been marked out for another big job in Europe.
However, he took the decision to take over as manager of his country. It was somewhat disappointing to see Conte to move into international management so much does he have to offer in the club game, and he may now have missed the chance to take a job as big as the Manchester United one.
Should Antonio Conte have taken the Manchester United job?