By Noel Whelan

17th Nov, 2021 | 7:00pm

Man United will 'regret' £250m move after newspaper update - pundit

Man United will “regret” not appointing now-Tottenham boss Antonio Conte as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 52-year-old Italian would have “transformed” the Old Trafford club.

As reported by the Mirror (November 13th), Man United sounded out Conte to succeed Solskjaer but baulked at his demands for a transfer budget of £250million across the next two windows.

The Red Devils instead stuck by the Norweigan despite suffering two derby day humiliations in recent weeks.

The Telegraph now claim (November 15th) there is growing frustration in the Man United dressing room about Solskjaer sticking by underperforming stars despite disappointing results.

Whelan lamented United’s decision, insisting that Conte’s demands “shouldn’t have been a problem”.

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“Man United are one of the richest clubs in the world,” he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury.

“£250million shouldn’t have been that much of a problem when you consider what they have wasted over the past decade.

“To me, if you want to bring titles back to the club – you have to spend that type of money.

“Look what’s been spent in the past four or five years alone, the amount of rubbish that has come in. They’re about to let a player go in Paul Pogba, who cost £89million, for absolutely nothing.

“When you consider what Conte would have brought to the club, how he would’ve transformed them. Would it have been worth it? Absolutely.

“I have a feeling they’ll come to regret that decision.”

Man United sit sixth in the Premier League.

The Red Devils are already nine points adrift of league leaders Chelsea after 11 games.

In other news, it can be revealed a 100k-a-week star is set to leave Man United in January amid a ‘100%’ claim.