Gattuso admits he would "walk to England" to become Manchester United boss

The former AC Milan and Rangers midfielder has spoken of his love for the Premier League and Manchester United's former manager.

Gattuso admits he would "walk to England" to become Manchester United boss
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Gennaro Gattuso will likely go down as a legend of the Italian game.

The combative midfielder who spent a year at Rangers, prior to his 13-year stint with the Rossoneri, amassed 73 caps during a decade-long career with the Italian national side.

A two-time Serie A winner with AC Milan, 'Rino' as he was known due to his on-field resemblance of a certain horn-ed safari animal, often locked horns with The Red Devils on the field.

Now the 38-year-old has spoken glowingly about English football, but more particularly Manchester United and the potential of one day managing them.

Gattuso raves about the English game  

Speaking in The Sun (via SkySports) Gattuso states he would walk to Old Trafford if he was ever to be offered the managerial post at the club:

"I'd walk there", said Gattuso. "I'd even go tomorrow."

He continued, "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." 

Gattuso battles Wayne Rooney in the UEFA Champions League back in 2007 (photo:getty)
Gattuso battles Wayne Rooney in the UEFA Champions League back in 2007 (photo:getty)

Italian reveals liking for lower tiers also

Gattuso also went on to reveal an unlikely passion for the second tier of English football, the Championship.

The former midfielder admits he "love[s]" watching the league and that "those games" showcase the "true love that people in England have for football".

He added, "They breathe football. I record two Championship matches a night."

Gattuso's declaration is likely to please boards of both league and club. The reality however, of such a scenario coming to fruition at this time, seem distinctly unlikely.

Future appointment seems a stretch 

Even in the embryonic stages of his short managerial career thus far, his record leaves a lot be desired. Currently in charge of Pro Lega B (formerly Serie B) side Pisa, Gattuso has already taken the reins of four different sides in the space of three years, albeit one having been Palermo.

Gattuso cited financial difficulties with his latter club OFI Crete, which resulted in his resignation. Only last January he applied for the vacant Hamilton Academical's job following Alex Neil's move to Norwich City.

A appointment then to the self emblazoned 'toughest league in the world' would seem a stretch to say the least, however at not even 40 years old, Gennaro Gattuso has managerial time firmly on his side.