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“My agent told me this” – Antonio Conte revealed how he nearly joined Manchester United

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has revealed Manchester United wanted him during his playing days. The Italian claims his agent informed him of the interest but is unsure if there was anything concrete, informs the Sportskeeda.

Conte has never played in the Premier League during his playing days but is in his second spell as a manager in the league. The Italian was at Chelsea for two seasons between 2016-18 and is currently at Tottenham after taking over from Nuno Espírito Santo in November.

While speaking to the media this week, Conte revealed there was a chance to join the Red Devils, but during his playing days. The Italian was linked with the Old Trafford side for some time when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggled but instead joined Tottenham.

“In the past, I would have liked to play in the Premier League. I tried to get this experience. I know that Alex Ferguson liked my football. I know that in the past it was a moment that maybe Manchester United wanted to bring me there. My agent told me this but I don’t know if this is a lie or the truth!”

Tottenham have been warned by Jamie O’Hara that Antonio Conte could move to Old Trafford soon. The former midfielder believes the manager needs to be backed if Spurs are keen to keep him for a long time.

“I look at Antonio Conte, and I haven’t seen his interviews after tonight’s game, but the last few I’ve seen of him he looks defeated. He’s not the same on the side as he was when he first came in. He looks like he’s lost the passion a little bit. He’s looking at the side thinking ‘what chance have I got’. He’s having to play Doherty left wing-back again.”

“The players we’ve got out there – Emerson Royal we’ve signed him, Bryan Gil we’ve signed him this season, it’s not good enough. Daniel Levy, if he doesn’t buy and doesn’t bring in some top quality players then Antonio Conte will walk. He will walk, I’m telling you. If Manchester United phoned him tomorrow and said ‘we want you’, he would seriously think about leaving.”

Spurs lost 3-2 to Southampton at home last night despite leading 2-1 until the 78th minute of the game. The Saints fell behind courtesy of a Jan Bednarek own goal in the 18th minute but restored parity through Armando Broja minutes later.

Son Heung-min scored what looked like the winner for Spurs in the 70th minute. However, two goals in two minutes by Mohamed Elyounnousi and Che Adams handed Southampton a dramatic but deserved win.

The loss pushed Spurs down to seventh in the Premier League table with 36 points and a few games in hand over the teams above.