As more speculation builds on the potential sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the question has turned onto who will replace him at Manchester United.
With many high profile managers already named in the race there seems to have been a big twist in the manager saga with Duncan Castles now claiming in The Sunday Times that Manchester United are stepping up to persuade Zinedine Zidane to become the next manager at Old Trafford.
The 49-year-old football manager has been out of work since he made the decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, and his next move has been a hot topic of conversation.
According to Castles, writing for The Sunday Times; ‘Zidane — a winner of three Champions League and two La Liga titles as a coach — is understood to be unsure whether the opportunity presented by United is the right one to take at this point.’
However, the connection and relationships that the ex-Real Madrid boss has at Manchester United with Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo could have the power to turn his head and consider the job with more interest.
Ronaldo spoke in 2019 about his admiration for Zidane in his time with him at Real Madrid;
“You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special.”
With that in mind, the Frenchman’s appointment at the Red Devils would surely excite fans, not just because their current boss would be heading through the exit door, but because the coach is a serial winner, someone who already has a wonderful relationship with two of their star players.
The search for a new manager comes after a series of unfortunate results from Solskjaer’s side, after only five wins from eleven in the Premier League, that has now put Manchester United five points adrift from the top four.
Pressure has significantly increased on Solskjaer from both the fans and the media, after the Norwegian’s team were embarrassingly defeated by two of their biggest rivals in the league, 5-o to Liverpool and 2-0 to Manchester City, both at Old Trafford.
Despite the mounting speculation, Solskjaer is yet to be sacked and is expected to lead training tomorrow at Carrington as the team return to prepare for an important point winner away to Watford on Saturday. The idea of Zidane potentially replacing him, however, will have supporters teaming with anticipation.