Man Utd job seems to spark Zinedine Zidane u-turn with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure

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Manchester United, as things stand, remain inconsistent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Recent results against Tottenham and Atalanta have lifted some of the doom and gloom mood around Old Trafford but, with Manchester City up next, the Norwegian’s position remains precarious. And, to add to his issues, Zinedine Zidane now appears to have performed a u-turn when it comes to taking over.

This was meant to be a big season for United after signing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane during the summer transfer window.

However, so far, things are yet to work out.

Solskjaer has overseen a problematic first few months of the season, with the Red Devils blowing hot and cold across all competitions.

In the league, they’re eight points behind Chelsea. They’re already out of the Carabao Cup, having lost to West Ham. And, had it not been for Ronaldo, they’d be out of the Champions League by this point.

Solskjaer will have breathed a sigh of relief upon discovering Tottenham had gone for Antonio Conte earlier in the week, axing Nuno Espirito Santo to bring in the combative Italian.

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But his job isn’t safe yet. And, with Zidane available following his departure from Real Madrid back in the summer, the pressure remains on.

Over the past couple of weeks, any possibility of Zidane taking over at Old Trafford has appeared non-existent.

It’s been claimed he’s conflicted about taking over due to the fact he’s never experienced life in England before.

Furthermore, it’s also been stated that Zidane is keen on taking over from Didier Deschamps as France manager once the World Cup next year is over.

But, now, things appear to have changed.

El Espanol reported on Tuesday that Zidane declined the chance to manage Newcastle because the United job, as well as France, in his sights.

So that means that, should results under Solskjaer continue to worsen, there’s every chance the Real Madrid icon could take over.

Should that happen, several players could benefit.

Ronaldo sparkled under Zidane during their time at Real Madrid together, helping Los Blancos win three Champions League titles on the spin.

Paul Pogba has long dreamed of playing under his compatriot, having grown up idolising his fellow Frenchman during his younger years.


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Anthony Martial has fallen out of favour under Solskjaer but, under Zidane, may experience a change of fortunes.

And so too may Donny van de Beek, who was wanted by the 49-year-old before ultimately moving to United in 2020.

Speaking last month, meanwhile, former France boss Raymond Domenech called on Zidane to consider replacing Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

“What job is he made for when he’s been a multiple Champions League with Real Madrid?” he said.

“What’s left? [Manchester] City, United, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich? There’s five or six clubs.

“After that, if he takes another club, they’re a step down for him, for someone of his level.

“There comes a point when you can’t let that possibility slip.

“He’s also got, with Ronaldo, a direct relay, a translator from Spanish to English.

“He’ll also get away from people who say he only achieved what he did because it was Real Madrid because he knew the players and he’ll prove he’s really a top manager.

“That’s why I tell him: go for it. Or stay in your comfort, but I don’t think that’s his desire.”

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