Zinedine Zidane ‘is warming to the idea of replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager’ after a break from football, with the ex-Real Madrid ‘keen to work with his former stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at Old Trafford’
- Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is ‘warming’ to the Manchester United job
- Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure at Manchester United
- The Red Devils suffered embarrassing losses to Manchester City and Liverpool
- United have reportedly made progress in their attempt to lure Zidane to the club
- Zidane has been out of a job since May after the end of his second stint at Real
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ‘warming’ to the Manchester United job as it could see him reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure at Manchester United after suffering yet another loss to Manchester City on November 7.
The 2-0 loss to Pep Guardiola’s side came just two weeks after Liverpool humiliated the Red Devils at Old Trafford by beating them 5-0.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ‘warming’ to the Manchester United job
As a result, Solskjaer’s position as the Manchester United manager has been questioned and potential replacements have been considered.
Zidane has been touted by some as a the leading replacement for the Norwegian should he leave the club.
According to Record Sport, Manchester United have made progress in their attempt to lure Zidane to Old Trafford.
The 49-year-old has been out of a job since May – after the end of his second stint as Real Madrid manager – and could be set to link up with his former Madrid players, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (above) position at Manchester United is under threat after the club suffered embarrassment defeats to both Liverpool and Manchester City
Zidane could link up with his former players Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo at United
During his two spells in charge at Madrid, Zidane won three consecutive Champions League trophies, two LaLiga titles and two Club World Cups.
Zidane – who won the World Cup with France in 1998 as a player – has also been touted as a favourite to replace Didier Deschamps as manager of the international team whenever he steps down.
However, former England defender Rio Ferdinand believes Erik ten Hag’s success at Ajax indicates he could take over at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand previously told his FIVE Youtube channel: ‘For any manager coming in to a new club, it’s almost like you’ve got to show people why you’re there immediately.
‘I use Antonio Conte as a good reference point for that. Whenever he joins a new club, there is no negotiables and he tells them, “this is what’s happening, this is what I am – if you’re not with me you can go.”
However, former England defender Rio Ferdinand (left) believes Erik ten Hag’s success at Ajax indicates he could fit in well at Old Trafford if Solskjaer (right) is sacked
Ferdinand has described Ten Hag as a ‘fantastic manager’ without knowing him personally
‘I think that’s the type of attitude and the type of mentality that separates the good managers from the top managers.
‘You’ve got to be able to go in there and command a whole dressing room full of egos, big personalities, big characters. That’s the job of anyone coming in.
‘Now I don’t know Ten Hag personally but he’s doing a fantastic job at Ajax. Let’s remember that Ajax isn’t a small club. They’re a massive club – the biggest club in Holland.
‘Yes, it’s different and the landscape is different but it’s still a huge club that he’s got to work with and the expectation levels there every day are to win.
‘That’s something that will be there every day and would be there if he was to come to Manchester United.
‘Anyone who comes in, they’ve got to be able to deal with people. That’s the art of a fantastic manager.’
As previously reported, some of United’s biggest stars are frustrated with the club’s alarming start to the season and have become irritated with their manager.
United stars including Cristiano Ronaldo are unhappy with how things are going at the club
Bruno Fernandes is one player who feels they are not getting enough direction from Solskjaer
Bruno Fernandes is among the senior players who feel they are not getting enough direction from Solskjaer and his coaching staff.
Cristiano Ronaldo – who was one of the club’s big-name signings in the summer – is alarmed with how standards have dropped since he left United 12 years ago.
The Portuguese superstar has saved United on several occasions this season since his return but there have also been frustrating moments.
Ronaldo stormed down the tunnel at the end of United’s 1-1 draw with Everton – a game in which Ronaldo started on the bench.
However, the United hierarchy have not shown any signs of sacking Solskjaer as of yet. They have aligned themselves so closely with the Old Trafford legend and his task of restoring the club’s true values after succeeding Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.
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