Zinedine Zidane (Getty Images)
Zinedine Zidane would
reportedly be interested in coaching Manchester United if under-fire coach Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer were to leave the club.
United fell to a tragic
loss at the King Power Stadium in a game they ‘deserved to lose’, according to
Paul Pogba. The Red Devils have now won just two of their last seven games to
bundle the pressure on Solskjaer.
And with Liverpool,
Tottenham and Manchester City to come in their next three Premier League
outings, the heat may be about to further rise on the under-fire United boss.
That has all led to
claims that United are considering a change at the top. And on the back of that
speculation, Antonio Conte has been suggested as the leading candidate. Indeed,
the Italian’s comments only appeared to add fuel to that fire.
However, reports in
Spain now claim Zidane has thrown his hat into the ring. The former Real Madrid
boss remains out of work, having left the Bernabeu over the summer.
He steered Los Blancos
to three successive Champions League triumphs but departed over the summer
after a difficult campaign.
As per Spanish TV show
El Chiringuito, Zidane has made it clear he would be willing to take the reins
at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman remains
a massive name in world football, and, as per the report, they claim Cristiano
Ronaldo is also entirely behind any potential appointment.
However, despite the
growing claims that a move could soon be made, United’s owners, the Glazers, remain
staunchly in Solskjaer’s corner.
There also remains a
belief that Solskjaer can end the club’s five-year trophy wait during the
They believe he needs
time to integrate their three major summer signings and that, in time, results
will improve. In addition, both The Athletic and trusted transfer guru Fabrizio
Romano both state that remains the case in the wake of Saturday’s 4-2 loss at
the King Power.
Despite that, Zidane’s
interest in the job will only further increase the pressure on Solskjaer’s
Discussing Zidane as a
possible option for United, Gary Neville has explained why the Frenchman would
be a good choice.
“I thought that
last season there was something building. If you asked him (Solskjaer)
privately, ‘would you like last season’s squad back?’ I think he probably would
go back,” Neville said.
“They have got
six grenades where the pins have been pulled out in the dressing room.
“It can work;
I’ve seen [Vicente] Del Bosque manage a Real Madrid team to the Champions
“Zidane has done
it with great players. I think PSG are like that at the moment. You see Pochettino
there, and you think it’s not really a Pochettino team.
“Ole’s got a bit
of that now. He has Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Paul
Pogba and Harry Maguire.”
squad appears to have piled more pressure yet on Solskjaer and Neville reckons
that may have caused dressing room friction.
“Massive characters in the dressing room. Maguire will look at [Raphael]
Varane in the dressing room and think, am I the top dog anymore?
“You have the
dynamic of Cavani sat on the bench who was begged to stay but now has Ronaldo,
[Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood in front of him.
has come in for £75m, and now he is looking like he is in and out. All these
issues are developing, Solskjaer has to somehow bring that group together.
“He’s got to find
a basic defensive shape that the players buy into. That will allow the others
to go win the games for him. It’s the only way for him to get the season back