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Conte ‘identifies nine players’ to build Man Utd team around

Antonio Conte reportedly favours nine Manchester United players that he could build a new team around.

Conte has been linked with the Red Devils manager’s job following United’s 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under tremendous pressure to turn things around quickly after his side succumbed to their heaviest defeat of the season against their bitter rivals at Old Trafford.

Conte is currently out of work after leading Inter Milan to Serie A success and is said to be open to the idea of joining United.

Initial reports suggested Conte had some concerns over how much power he’d be handed if he took over at Old Trafford.

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United boast a number of superstars and Solskjaer is under pressure to not only play them all but to get the best out of them.

But Conte has experience handling superstars, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen flourishing under his management last season.

New reports from Italy now claim Conte has identified nine players he could build a United team around.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the nine players are Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Alex Telles, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

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