Marcello Lippi has pushed the claims of Massimiliano Allegri to take over as Manchester United manager.
The legendary former Juventus coach believes that Allegri, who is currently out of work and taking a sabbatical, is a perfect fit for United.
Current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finding things tough at Old Trafford with Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth leaving them 10 points adrift of the top four.
Ed Woodward has always publicly supported the Norwegian and said he needs time to turn things around, but the pressure is firmly on Solskjaer, whose side are struggling to score goals.
And Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, has echoed Fabio Capello’s thoughts and believes Allegri is the right man to get United going in the right direction.
Lippi told the Daily Mail: “Allegri would be good everywhere and as a great admirer of the English club I would be happy to see him take over.
“Manchester United is the history of English football. There have been dark years but the club is fantastic, from the backroom to the players, everyone can say what it means to play at Old Trafford.
“First of all, I think Solskjaer was an exceptional striker and a good coach. For Allegri, I consider him an exemplary professional who has the style of Juventus in his blood.
“My deep friendship with (Sir Alex) Ferguson allows me to say that he would be the best choice for United.”
Lippi, 71, says he turned down a move to Tottenham because of doubts over adapting to the culture and learning English, but Allegri is learning English and Lippi believes the former Juve coach’s style is perfect for the Premier League.
“As I already told you, I refused Tottenham simply because I didn’t have a command of the language but also because I loved and respected Juventus,” Lippi said. “Allegri studies English and is perfect for the British style.
“He is prepared and shrewd. He reads the game with great ease.
“He loves challenges and I respect him a lot, I think he is serious and prepared, I think he is a humble person. A great Italian who would do very well in England.”