Has Sir Alex Ferguson already lined up a Moyes replacement?

David Moyes is under increasing pressure at Manchester United after three successive defeats, but rumours suggest his replacement has already been lined up.

Moyes has endured a tough start at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils particularly struggling for results at home. United have lost to West Brom, Everton, Newcastle, Tottenham and Swansea City at home this season, form which was unheard of in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

And despite reportedly having a huge amount of cash to spend this month, it seems Moyes is insisting on waiting until the summer transfer window to bring in new recruits, which is again frustrating the United fans who can see that the team needs new blood now, not just in six months.

Whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was apparently the man who chose former Everton boss Moyes as his successor, reports coming out of Italy suggest that the legendary ex-United manager has already sounded out a potential replacement for Moyes, should his recent struggles continue – which could be seen as a surprise after Ferguson's recent words of encouragement for his compatriot.

Tuttomercatoweb report that Juventus manager Antonio Conte is becoming frustrated in Turin, especially after his side crashed out of the Champions League group stage.

He has reportedly been promised that his squad will be improved over the coming months in order to make a real run at winning Europe's biggest club prize next season - although the transfer policy at the club appears to be what has irked the boss. Conte was a stalwart of the Juve teams during the 90's and early 2000's and is seen as something of an icon in Turin, meaning fans don't want to lose a club hero as well as a good manager in the process.

And the same report suggests that Ferguson has been speaking with his old friend Marcello Lippi, who managed Juventus and Italy both on two separate occasions. From the discussions between the two, it seems Conte has been put forward as a possible solution to United's recent problems and turn them back into title challengers.

The 44-year-old is highly regarded after winning consecutive Serie A titles, and was linked with the Chelsea job last season after the departures of Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez.

Of course, with Conte reportedly unsettled, the rumours could have come out his camp in order to force greater job security or increased spending power, but with the reported £200m budget now available at Old Trafford, the Red Devils could offer Conte the kind of backing that he is looking for.

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