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Manchester United would be right to consider Zinedine Zidane as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it has been claimed. The Frenchman has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford over the past few days, especially given his availability. And with the Glazers considering a change at Old Trafford, a move for the 49-year-old has now been endorsed.
United went into the season with high hopes after giving Solskjaer a new contract and backing him with the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet the Red Devils are currently stuck in a rut under the Norwegian, having lost six of their last 12 matches.
United have been battered by Leicester and Liverpool, outplayed by Manchester City and stunned by the likes of Aston Villa and Young Boys during that time.
With results not good enough, Zidane has emerged as a possible candidate to take over.
And former Crystal Palace star Darren Ambrose, talking to talkSPORT, believes both Zidane and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers would be good options to go after.
“Brendan Rodgers, we know exactly what he’s about and know what he has done at Leicester,” Ambrose said.
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“Zidane as well.
“A lot of people question if he is a good manager, because he had such a good squad at Real Madrid.
“But to win three Champions Leagues in a row… it doesn’t matter what squad you have, you have to have the opportunity and you are classed as an elite manager if you can do that, whether it is Barcelona, Real Madrid or whoever it may be.
“I would love to see Zidane come to Manchester United, come to the Premier League and see what he can do.
“He can’t do much worse.”
While United appear to be interested in Zidane, however, any appointment is far from straightforward.
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Firstly, because it would mean Solskjaer losing his job.
While results and performances have been abysmal, there’s still a section of the board who want to see the 48-year-old turn things around.
Secondly, due to the fact Zidane would reportedly prefer to take the France job.
And, lastly, because he’s in no hurry to return to management having been left exhausted by his final season at Real Madrid.
As well as Zidane, Rodgers has emerged as a target.
But the Northern-Irishman has made it clear he’s happy at Leicester, where he’s won the FA Cup and Community Shield trophies over the past year.
Mauricio Pochettino is the third candidate but the Argentine is currently working with Paris Saint-Germain in France.
Likewise Erik ten Hag, who is working wonders at Ajax with limited resources at his disposal.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has been urged to bring in some experienced coaches by former England boss Sam Allardyce in order to save his job.
“You just have to look at his hair,” he said.
“Ole can only get through it with his staff and then by putting the players on the right track.
“Your staff need to be right on top of their game.
“We get all the criticism and all the praise as managers, but if you haven’t got the right staff… the success I had, I couldn’t have done it without my staff.
“I can’t believe I’ve still not got a total silver fox. People think I dye mine, but I don’t. I should have been a silver fox about 10 years ago.
“My advice to Ole is I would shut everything down from the inside, which is almost an impossible task.
“But to focus internally and keep the outside influences away from everybody.
“Focus and really find a way out of it with your staff. Ole’s staff are never more important than they are now.
“Ole can only get through it with his staff and then by putting the players on the right track. You need your staff need to be right on top of their game.”
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