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Gennaro Gattuso would 'walk' to Manchester for United chance

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Gennaro Gattuso is currently the manager at Serie C club Pisa, but said he'd relish a chance to manage in England.

Former AC Milan and Italy international Gennaro Gattuso has said he would "walk" to Manchester if he was ever presented with the opportunity to manage United.

Gattuso, 38, won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and was on two Champions League winning teams with Milan during Carlo Ancelotti's tenure with the Serie A club.

The midfielder added that he's always loved the English style of play and the passion that fans and players show for the game there.

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Gattuso had an illustrious career with AC Milan, including two Champions League titles under Carlo Ancelotti.

"I'd walk there. I'd even go tomorrow," Gattuso told The Sun, when asked if he'd take over for Louis van Gaal if given the chance. "[Sir Alex] Ferguson has always respected me -- and I have always admired the Premier League which, for me, is the best league in the world.

"In Italy, we are tactical masters, but in England you see pacy players with great strength in their legs."

Gattuso now managers Serie C side Pisa and has also managed at Sion, Palermo and OFI Crete, and admits he still regularly watches Championship football from England and sometimes records multiple matches in an evening to keep up with all of the action.

"I love watching the Championship, because in those games, I see true love that people in England have for football. They breathe football," he said. "I record two Championship matches a night.

"In Italy, some teams can relax during games. In England, with every action of a team, there is a corresponding action from the opposition."


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