According to Sunday Times, Manchester United are working to persuade Zinédine Zidane to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s as the Premier League club’s manager after a series of shambolic results and the Norwegian.

Zidane, 49, is a free agent after electing to step down as Real Madrid coach for a second time last May and can be hired without negotiating a compensation package.

The Frenchman’s record at Real Madrid is as impressive as it gets, winning three Champions Leagues and two LaLiga titles as a coach during his two spells.

Solskjaer who originally joined as an interim manager in 2018, has failed to win a trophy during his three-year spell at Old Trafford.

Since the humiliating loss at the hands of Liverpool, the Manchester derby defeat before the international break and other string of disappointing performances, there has been a constant stream of questions over his future.

It was previously reported that United had drawn up a four-man list to replace the Norwegian as manager.

That list contained Zidane, Antonio Conte, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.

Conte was said to be interested but did not wait for the job to become available, as he jumped at the chance to take over at Tottenham after the sacking of Nuno Espírito Santo despite other reports saying Manchester United didn’t appoint Antonio Conte to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because he demanded a £250m transfer budget for 2022.

However, according to the report, the United hierarchy believes that Zidane’s existing relationship with players Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane may be enough to convince the Frenchman to take up the mantle if Solskjaer was to leave.


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