‘He would be the best choice for Utd’

The China head coach would be happy to see a fellow Italian take over at the Premier League club amid mounting pressure on the current manager

Massimiliano Allegri is the top candidate to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager, according to former Italy and Juventus coach Marcello Lippi.

“Allegri would be good everywhere and as a great admirer of the English club I would be happy to see him take over,” Lippi told the Daily Mail.

“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.

“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.”

“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.”