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Zinedine Zidane Is 'Warming' To Idea Of Being Manchester United Manager

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Zinedine Zidane Is 'Warming' To Idea Of Being Manchester United Manager

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly 'warming' to the idea of taking over at Manchester United, with speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job refusing to go away.

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United were expected to mount some sort of Premier League title challenge this season, having finished runners up last season and heavily invested in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

However they are already nine points behind leaders Chelsea and recent hammerings at the hands of rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, both at Old Trafford, have hugely increased pressure on Solskjaer.

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United's loss to City was a second embarrassment at home to rivals in quick succession. Image: PA Images
United's loss to City was a second embarrassment at home to rivals in quick succession. Image: PA Images

One managerial candidate has already reportedly looking for houses in surrounding areas to Manchester and now Zidane could be a possibility.

The former Real Madrid boss quite the Spanish side for the second time, at the end of last season, and has been out of a job ever since.

According to the Daily Record, Zidane is attracted to the idea of managing Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane again, who were both a major part of his success at the Bernabeu.

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The chance to manage Paul Pogba, who he tried to sign when he managed in Spain, as well as other talented players at the club, could be enough to persuade the Frenchman to end his managerial break early.

Zidane could be reunited with Varane at Old Trafford. Image: PA Images
Zidane could be reunited with Varane at Old Trafford. Image: PA Images

However, things won't be so simple for United to just go out and get the three time Champions League winning manager to the north west of England.

The report goes on to claim that Zidane's wife, Veronique, does not want to move to England, and wants her husband to continue his break from management.

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It's not just the 49-year-old's wife that makes things difficult, the manager himself isn't completely sure about working in the Premier League and his English isn't thought to be great.

Due to his experience of managing the best players, and being successful in Europe, as well as his current unemployed status, Zizou would be considered the ideal candidate, should the club finally sack Solskjaer.

The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino, who have also been linked with the job, would all cost significant amounts in compensation to their current employers.

Brendan Rodgers has reportedly been looking at houses in the Manchester area. Image: PA Images
Brendan Rodgers has reportedly been looking at houses in the Manchester area. Image: PA Images
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So far United have shown no signs that they're ready to sack Solskjaer, who they gave a new contract to at the end of last season, and the Norwegian has previously had the backing of his players, according to reports.

However, it's been claimed that in the summer he promised eight squad players that they would get more game time this season but it hasn't happened.

He could lose some of those, with both Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard linked with moved away from the club, and could start to weaken support from the dressing room further.

Can Solskjaer hold on to his job at United?

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Topics: Premier League, Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Zinedine Zidane

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