Max Allegri responds to claims he wants to replace Mourinho at United

Massimiliano Allegri has dismissed claims he wants to take over as manager at Manchester United job by saying he is happy at Juventus.

Reports emerged that Allegri, 51, is keen to be Jose Mourinho’s successor at Old Trafford, with United set to name his long-term replacement at the end of the campaign.

After Mourinho’s sacking, club legend Ole Gunnar Solskaer was named as caretaker manager but United are said to have identified Allegri as a possible target.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, has also been the subject of much speculation since Mourinho was sacked at the club.

Allegri, speaking ahead of Juventus’ Serie A game with Sampdoria on Saturday, says he is happy in Italy and focused on his job.

‘I still have a year and a half on my contract,’ he said. ‘I’m fine here and we’re doing important things.

‘Now we are in December and it’s better to wait. From here to June there are many games.’

Juventus, top of Serie A, were held to a 2-2 draw by Atalanta last week but Allegri has dismissed claims he needs to spend in the January window.

‘I saw a bit of stuff after the match in Bergamo because we drew,’ he added. ‘Let’s see how we finish tomorrow, but we have 50 points and that’s not to be sniffed at.

‘I heard that someone said that we are in crisis, but in Bergamo we got an extraordinary result because to play for 45 minutes with 10 men against Atalanta is not easy. Even at the end we also had the chance to win.

‘At the moment, after tomorrow’s match I do not know how it ends, the team did not make a mistake with 16 wins and two draws.

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‘We finished first in the Champions League [group], so when I hear that Juventus is in crisis, I think that the panettone went down the wrong way with someone. But maybe someone was joking…’


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