Former AC Milan star Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that he would be honoured if he was given the opportunity to become the manager of Manchester United.
The Italian is open to the idea of succeeding Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, who could be on his way out this summer.
In an interview with the Sun, Gattuso stated: “I’d walk there. I’d even go tomorrow.”
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He spent two seasons with Scottish side Rangers before moving to Milan and also disclosed the mutual respect he shares with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
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“Ferguson has always respected me – and I have always admired the Premier League which, for me, is the best league in the world.”
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He also discussed the physical nature of English football and considers it a brand of football superior to that in his homeland.
Gattuso added: “In Italy, we are tactical masters, but in England you see pacey players – with great strength in their legs. I love watching the Championship, because in those games, I see true love that people in England have for football. They breathe football.”
“I record two Championship matches a night. In Italy, some teams can relax during games. In England, with every action of a team, there is a corresponding action from the opposition.”
The closest he came to experiencing the English style-of-play was during the various Champions League clashes he had with Premier League clubs while with the Rossoneri.
The two-time Champions League winner faced Liverpool twice in the finals – winning once and infamously losing the other on penalties in 2005.
He also registered two victories against Sir Alex's men but his Milan side couldn’t get the better of Tottenham in 2011 where Gattuso himself was involved in an incident with Harry Redknapp’s assistant Joe Jordan.
The following season, the San Siro outfit triumphed over Arsenal.
The 38-year-old is currently managing Italian third tier side Pisa after stints with Sion, Palermo and OFI Crete.
However, his managerial record doesn’t show his credibility to succeed in the English top flight.
Three years after hanging up his boots, the former World Cup winner has achieved a win percentage of 41.8%, from his four managerial roles to date, as per Transfermarkt.com.
Meanwhile, Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs Jose Mourinho are the favourites to replace an increasingly under pressure Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman will enter the final year of his contract next season, but questions remain if the United board will persist with him after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign or appoint someone else this summer.