Classic Conte interview could spell trouble for Ronaldo if boss gets Man Utd job

Cristiano Ronaldo could find himself in trouble if Antonio Conte replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.

Solskjaer is under mounting pressure at Old Trafford following the humiliating 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool on Sunday.

The 48-year-old has been given a stay of execution until Saturday's match with Tottenham but could find himself out of a job with another poor result in north London.

Former Chelsea boss Conte is one of the favourites to replace Solskjaer and is understood to be on a four-man shortlist being considered for the role.

With the Norwegian known for his mild-mannered approach and gentle touch, Conte would represent a stark contrast in styles.

The Italian is more divisive and abrasive, but crucially gets results.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Gabriel Agbonlahor revealed his ex-Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young had provided a unique insight into what it is like playing under Conte.

Young, who the Serie A title under the 52-year-old last season, told Agbonlahor that Conte demands his players run themselves into the ground, and is not afraid to drop anyone who disobeys – including Ronaldo.

He said: "I like Conte. I saw an interview he did with Thierry Henry. Henry said, ‘What would you do if a player didn’t obey your tactics?’ And Conte said, ‘I’d probably kill them’.

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"Henry is laughing but Conte is deadly serious. He says, ‘You have to respect the manager, you have to respect the tactics, you have to work hard’.

"Ashley Young, I spoke to him about Conte, he played with him at Inter. He said, ‘Non-stop running, every day in training, run run run’.

"If you can’t run, you’re not going to play in his teams. So I think he’s what that team needs.

"Someone going in there and saying, if you’re not doing what I want and you’re not doing as you’re told, you’re out.

"I don’t care if it’s [Cristiano] Ronaldo, if it’s [Mason] Greenwood, if it’s [Paul] Pogba. If you’re not doing what I want and working hard, you’re coming to sit with me."

That could spell bad news for Ronaldo, who is not known for his pressing and all-round mobility.

According to Statsbomb data on FBREF, the Portuguese ranks 384th for presses per 90 minutes and 385th for successful ones.

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For context, 429 players, including goalkeepers, have featured inn this season's Premier League, putting Ronaldo right at the bottom of those statistics.

Those numbers do not make good reading for Ronaldo if Conte does indeed replace Solskjaer in the United hotseat.

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