It's been a sobering few weeks for Manchester United, though Sunday's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool was undoubtedly the lowest point of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time at the helm so far.

The MEN understand that, as of this moment in time, Solskjaer is likely to be in charge for United's trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Antonio Conte is interested in taking the role if Solskjaer was to be relieved of his United duties, though no contact has yet been made between the club and the Italian tactician.

If Conte does arrive at Old Trafford in the near future, his appointment would almost definitely mark a change in United's style of play and there'd no doubt be considerable changes made to the squad when the transfer window comes around.

One of the major worries for United fans is the comparisons that have been drawn between Conte and former manager Jose Mourinho, with some fans even going as far as to dub the Italian 'Mourinho 2.0'.

Now, there are some obvious comparisons between the two managers. Yes, they have both managed and had success at Inter Milan and Chelsea with a footballing ethos centring around a solid backline.

There are also comparisons between their touchline demeanour. Conte is known for being incredibly animated on the sidelines and shouting at his team to try and motivate them - much like Mourinho in his heyday.

And also like Mourinho, Conte demands respect from his players. In an interview with Thierry Henry on Sky Sports he really drove home that point, saying: "I always talk about education and respect. I give this, but I demand this. If someone hasn't the good attitude during the training session or the good behaviour, in different circumstances, then I would prefer to kill him.

Antonio Conte won the Serie A title with Inter Milan

"If a manager closes his eyes and does not want to see the bad situation he will lose the changing room."

One of the biggest concerns for fans is how Conte, like Mourinho, has had explosive fallouts with the board, with said disagreements usually coming in his third season before he ends up walking away.

The difference between the two managers, however, is that when Mourinho leaves it's usually because he's lost the dressing room and has caused a toxic atmosphere, yet Conte is usually well respected by the players he's managed even after he's left - Diego Costa being the obvious exception to this rule.

Nemanja Matic, who won the Premier League with Conte in 2016/17, said of his former boss to Tuttosport in 2019: "He is crazy about football. He works 24 hours a day, analyses their players and opponents to the fullest. Tactically he is certainly one of the best in the world."

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Right now, if United were to part ways with Solskjaer they would need to appoint a manager who could command the respect of the players immediately and also solve the numerous problems at the club as soon as possible. Conte would do this.

There's one particular aspect of Conte's management that makes me think he could succeed where Mourinho failed.

Conte's teams may be viewed as boring by some but they're actually far from it. They can break away from their practical mould and play fast, free-flowing football which excites the fans, allowing each player to shine and that would undoubtedly endear him to the Old Trafford faithful in ways Mourinho never could.

There are some issues with his management and as a long-term option he might not be the manager that United would want to appoint, but with many key players in their prime and Cristiano Ronaldo back at the club, it's obvious the board want to win now and I feel like Conte is the man to deliver silverware.