Man Utd have reportedly added Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri to their managerial shortlist as they seek a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese tactician was sacked this month, with interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leading the Red Devils to two wins in his two games in charge thus far.
However, a long-term appointment will need to be made at the end of the season, with United desperately looking to close the gap that is seemingly growing between them and their rivals this year.
According to ESPN, in addition to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, they will also target Allegri who continues to impress and lead Juventus to success.
The 51-year-old tactician has led the Turin giants to four Serie A titles in his four years in charge while they remain unbeaten in 18 games so far this season and boast a nine-point lead over nearest rivals Napoli.
Coupled with their progression in the Champions League and the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo this past summer, they’ll be hoping to dominate both domestically and in Europe.
Having also won a Scudetto with AC Milan, it could be argued that Allegri has ultimately done all that he can in Italy, barring a Champions League success, and so he will surely target a new challenge at some stage of his career.
If the report above is to be believed, he could be given the chance to test himself in England by Man Utd as they look to fill the void left on the bench after Mourinho’s sacking.
Appointing Solskjaer beyond this season surely can’t be ruled out if he continues their current form, but given his lack of experience at the highest level as a coach, he’ll surely struggle as the campaign goes on to prove himself to be capable of being a long-term solution.
In contrast, Allegri in particular has the experience, pedigree and track record to suggest that he can lead Man Utd to success, while ESPN also importantly note that his ability to work with a sporting director could also be a key factor as United look to implement a new infrastructure at Old Trafford.