Zidane informs Man Utd of caveat to replace Solskjaer

Date published: Thursday 18th November 2021 8:31 - Will Ford

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Zinedine Zidane has reportedly been approached by Manchester United but has informed the club he will not be available to take the reins from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season.

Solskjaer is under huge pressure at Old Trafford after a string of poor performances and results, including losses to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

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A report on Wednesday claimed the United bosses had accepted the need to find a new manager.

Manchester Evening News reporter Samuel Luckhurst said that ‘United have privately decided a change of manager will be required following the morale-crushing defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.’

That report claims Rodgers is understood to be their ‘preferred candidate’ but ‘it is still unclear when the club intends to sack Solskjaer as they mull over an arrival time for a replacement’.

But there are plenty of rumours surrounding Real Madrid legend Zidane, with reports in the last week claiming United had ‘stepped up’ their approach, had a plan to ‘lure’ him to the club, and that Zidane was ‘warming to the idea’.

And now BILD journalist Christian Falk has confirmed that United ‘had the idea of Zinedine Zidane as new manager’, but claims the 49-year-old ‘let the board know that he doesn’t feel ready for the Premiere League at the moment and prefers to take a break until summer’.

Meanwhile, former Premier League striker Tony Cascarino claims Foxes boss Rodgers would “jump at” the opportunity to succeed Solskjaer at Man Utd.

“I know Brendan would jump at the job,” Cascarino said. “I say, ‘I know’ – Brendan, if he was listening, would probably say, ‘How would you know?’

“But only because [of] his track record of taking on a job when it’s offered to you.

“And Leicester is not a job of the quality of Manchester United, as much as they’ve been an incredible football club, done brilliant things and have got a great squad.

“The attraction of Manchester United is way superior for any manager. That opportunity is a once in a lifetime for Brendan.

“If it isn’t [Zinedine] Zidane, because of other issues – the way he looks at the Premier League – Brendan, I think would jump here.”


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