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Man Utd next manager – Antonio Conte favourite for Red Devils job as bookies slash odds, Zidane & Southgate in the mix

ANTONIO CONTE is the new frontrunner to become Manchester United's next manager.

That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed the Italian as favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

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Conte was previously available at 6/1 but his odds have shortened considerably to 2/1.

The 52-year-old is one of the best managers in world football.

He guided Chelsea to the Premier League title and FA Cup during his tenure.

Conte also helped Inter Milan to their first Serie A title in over a decade before leaving over transfer disputes.

As part of his agreement with Inter – he can't return to work in Serie A until 2022.

And that could be good news for Premier League clubs – especially with Conte having made no secret of his desire to return to England.

He said: "For sure, in my future, I want to come back to England to have another experience because I enjoyed my stay there a lot and to breathe the atmosphere in England.

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Sky Bet odds

  • Antonio Conte – 2/1
  • Brendan Rodgers – 4/1
  • Mauricio Pochettino – 4/1
  • Laurent Blanc – 10/1
  • Zinedine Zidane – 10/1
  • Erik ten Hag – 16/1
  • Julen Lopetegui – 16/1
  • Julian Nagelsmann – 16/1
  • Gareth Southgate – 20/1
  • Roberto Mancini – 20/1

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"For me, for my family, I’d like to one day come back to England because we lived an incredible experience and we want to continue to have another experience in England."

Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino are second-favourites at 4/1 with Laurent Blanc and Zinedine Zidane further behind at 10s.

Erik ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Julian Nagelsmann are locked together at 16s with international bosses Gareth Southgate and Roberto Mancini the outsiders at 20s.

The Red Devils spent £162million over the summer with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo all arriving at the Theatre of Dreams.

And things started brightly with a 5-1 demolition of Leeds, followed by victories over Wolves and Newcastle.

However, there's been a significant downturn in results.

United lost their Champions League opener against Young Boys before being knocked out of the Carabao Cup to West Ham.

They've also failed to win their last two Premier League outings on home turf, losing to Aston Villa before scraping a 1-1 draw with Everton before the international break.

Solskjaer has received widespread criticism from fans and is priced at 18/1 to be the next top-flight boss sent packing this season.

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