Marcello Lippi has announced his belief that Massimiliano Allegri would be the best option for Manchester United if they choose to make a managerial move.
The Red Devils have endured a weak start to the season, and although there were more positive joins in recent weeks, they slumped to a defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend.
That leaves them down in 10th place in the PL table after 11 matches, having picked up just 13 points and netted only 13 goals as their campaign looks at risk of being a bitter failure.
With that in mind and if things don’t develop in the coming months, it could raise issue marks over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as boss.
If a change is made, Lippi thinks that Man Utd would be strongly advised to swoop for Allegri, who continues on a break from the game after dropping his job at Juventus manager at the end of last campaign.
“Allegri would be good everywhere, and as a great admirer of the English club I would be happy to see him take over,” he 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.
“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. 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.
“Honestly, I don’t know if Evra wants to become a coach or just an assistant.
“On Allegri, I can tell you that he is ready for United. On Evra, you have to figure out if he wants to be the manager or assistant. Evra is another man of great capacity and human quality.”
Time will firstly say whether or not Solskjaer has a long-term future at Old Trafford if he can oversee an improvement in form. If not, then perhaps Allegri will be recognised as one of the front-runners to step in and attempt and get the Premier League giants back on track.
Having collected six Serie A titles across times with AC Milan and Juventus, the Italian tactician has undoubtedly proven himself in his homeland. Now though, perhaps showing himself abroad is the next stage to establishing himself as one of the best in Europe.