MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI admitted he is learning English when asked about his links to the Manchester United job.
United are said to be “very close” to agreeing a deal to bring the former Juventus boss to Old Trafford to replace under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Now Allegri has admitted he is learning the language as he edges towards a move – one he hopes to conclude sooner rather than later.
The Italian boss, 52, wants as long as possible to fix the club’s “compromised” season, with United enduring their worst start in 30 years.
The Red Devils have picked up just nine points from their opening eight games, sitting 12th in the Premier League.
United already sit 15 points adrift of league leaders – and Sunday’s opponents – Liverpool.
Allegri left his job at Juventus in the summer and had planned to take a year-long break – much like Pep Guardiola between 2012 and 2013 after quitting Barcelona.
The Italian was present for AEFCA’s (Alliance of European Football Coaches Association) 2019 Symposium in Warsaw this week.
When asked about his links to United, he said: “I speak English too poorly for now, but I am learning.”
Amidst their woeful run of form, Solskjaer could now follow the same fate as Jose Mourinho in being sacked before Christmas.
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United lost their last match 1-0 away to struggling Newcastle to further increase speculation Solskjaer could be given the boot.
Should Allegri join, he is hoping to bring Patrice Evra – currently working on his Uefa coaching badges with the United youth side – with him as part of his backroom team.
The ex-Juve chief also wants to bring his former players Mario Mandzukic and Emre Can to Old Trafford – despite the latter’s ties to arch rivals Liverpool.
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