Man Utd: Zinedine Zidane changes attitude to replace Solskjær

Zinedine Zidane changes position to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United

The Frenchman is on United’s shortlist of potential new managers (Photo: Getty)

Zinedine Zidane is increasingly open to replacements Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United, although a major obstacle is still left, according to reports.

The Red Devils have had a difficult start to the season, as they have only picked up four points from the last 18 available in their last six Premier League matches, which has created big questions about Solskjær’s future.

United’s board is still believed to support the pressured Norwegian, but has drawn up a wish list of potential replacements in the event that they have to press the trigger.

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær

United could close down Solskjær because the results do not improve (Image: Getty)

Solskjær faces a crunch of matches after the international break, including outdoor trips to host Villarreal and Chelsea before a resurgent Arsenal visit Old Trafford in early December.

There are three main names in the frame to replace Solskjær if their form does not improve: Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag and Zidane.

The Frenchman is by far the most achievable of this trio, as he is currently without a club, although he has previously been reluctant to take over at Old Trafford.

But now the Daily Record reports that United middlemen have made progress in their attempts to persuade the former Real Madrid boss to replace Solskjær.

Zidane is becoming more and more ‘attracted’ by the prospect of taking over the reins, especially with the team boasting two of his old Madrid charges in Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane as well as a player he has long coveted: compatriot Paul Pogba.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

A reunion with Ronaldo appeals to Zidane (Photo: Getty)

United hope the strength of their squad – and the presence of two of his Madrid generals – will overcome any reservations Zidane has, including his limited understanding of English.

But a rather big obstacle is still left where Zidane’s wife, Veronique, is not attracted to the idea of ​​living in Manchester and she would prefer her husband to take a longer break before returning to football.

It would also be linked to Zidane’s dream of eventually taking over from Didier Deschamps as France’s manager after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, while the PSG job is also something that would appeal to him.

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