Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ‘warming’ to the Manchester United job – and it could see him reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure after suffering an embarrassing defeat by local rivals City earlier this month.
That 2-0 loss to Pep Guardiola’s side came just two weeks after Liverpool humiliated the Red Devils at Old Trafford, beating them 5-0 on their own turf.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is reportedly ‘warming’ to the Manchester United job
As a result, Solskjaer’s position has been questioned and potential replacements have been considered.
Zidane has been touted by some as the leading candidate to take over from the Norwegian, should he be sacked in the coming weeks.
And according to Record Sport, Manchester United have now 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 is now said to be keen to link up with Ronaldo and Varane again in England.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at Manchester United is under threat after a poor run of form
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 awon 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 national team whenever he steps down.
However, former England defender Rio Ferdinand believes Erik ten Hag’s success at Ajax indicates he could be the right fit to take over 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.”
Rio Ferdinand (left) believes Erik ten Hag’s success at Ajax makes him a top candidate
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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