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Man United step up their efforts to replace Solskjaer with UCL-winning manager

Manchester United step up their effort for Zinedine Zidane to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

According to The Sunday Times (h/t Daily Mail), Manchester United are looking to convince Zinedine Zidane to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils’ form has been on a decline in the past few weeks and their losses against rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have added pressure on Solskjaer. United suffered a humiliating 2-0 loss to their neighbours while they were thumped 5-0 by The Reds fortnight ago.

United are currently languishing in sixth on the table, nine points behind league leader Chelsea and five points behind fourth spot. If the current run of form continues – it’ll be a matter of time before the United board takes a decision on the Norwegian’s future.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a dead man walking at the club.

Zidane, 49, has been out of work since walking away from Real Madrid for a second time at the end of last season. The Frenchman’s record at Madrid is as impressive as one can ask for. He won three Champions Leagues and two LA Liga titles as a head coach during his two tenures with the Spanish giants.

Not to forget he also won a Champions League title with them as an assistant coach. The living legend also worked with two of Man United’s star signings this summer, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, during his team at Santiago Bernabeu and his relationship with the duo could be a factor in negotiations.

However, the report also states that the World Cup winner is unsure about taking the United

job. Meanwhile, the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have also been linked if United are to fire Ole Gunnar.
Zinedine Zidane is one of the men linked with a Manchester United coach job. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Solskjaer joined the club as their manager on December 19, 2018, as he replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm on an interim basis. He was soon appointed as a permanent coach and the club showed promise under him in the starting months.

However, in three years in charge, he has failed to win a single trophy and has already been on the losing side in the Europa League final. Solskjaer was an integral part of Man United’s 1999 treble-winning side and would have adhered to the club’s values and tradition after the retirement of legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

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However, despite finishing third and second respectively in last two Premier League seasons – United have hardly looked like a team who can challenge for trophies under him and as of now, Ole’s job seems to be hanging by a thread in results do not improve.

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