Ronaldo’s comments on Zidane’s "leadership" show why he’s perfect for Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo will be delighted if rumours linking Zinedine Zidane to the Manchester United job prove to be true.

Zidane, 49, is among the favourites to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian was sacked on Sunday morning following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

The Frenchman is believed to be the frontrunner for the job, but faces competition from the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick.

None of those four can match Zidane's trophy haul from time his in charge of Real Madrid, where he won two La Liga trophies, three Champions League titles and struck up a telling partnership with United's current No.7.

Ronaldo was a key player under Zizou during the coach's first spell at the Bernabeu, and he credited the 1998 World Cup winner with getting the best out of him at that time.

"The confidence that a player needs doesn't only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach," Ronaldo told DAZN in 2019.

"You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special.

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"He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more.

"That's because of what he's like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me."

Contrast that with United under Solskjaer, where the team was disjoined and players didn't know their jobs.

Following the 4-1 defeat to Watford, Bruno Fernandes told reporters: "We don't go on the front foot, we don't tackle, we don't win our duels. Against these teams, you have to win that."

Remarkably, David De Gea backed up Fernandes' statement with his own damning comments after the match.

"We don’t know what to do with the ball. We don’t know how to defend properly," the Spaniard told the BBC.

Solskjaer has himself admitted in the past that some of his players have been low on confidence.

"I can’t complain about the effort. It has something to do with the rhythm, the confidence,’ Solskjaer said via Viaplay, following the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham in September.

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"Their best form isn’t there as they haven’t played much. Good for them to get time, but we didn’t get the result."

There have also been examples of player unrest within the squad, including Donny van de Beek's tantrum after failing to make it off the bench against Villarreal in the Champions League.

Such incidents would be a thing of the past under Zidane, who should command the respect of the entire dressing room thanks to his past successes both as a player and a manager.

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