Manchester United have made progress in their attempts to persuade Zinedine Zidane to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager of the English Premier League club.
Record Sports understands that Zidane – a winner of three Champions League and two La Liga titles as a coach – is attracted to the opportunity to take charge of a squad that includes two of his most talented Real Madrid players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane .
United’s squad, which is the second most expensive ever collected in terms of transfer fees, also includes Paul Pogba, a midfielder he repeatedly tried to bring to the Santiago Bernabeu.
United hope the strength of Zidane’s relationship with Ronaldo and Varane can help overcome the 49-year-old’s reservations about moving to the Premier League, including a limited command of the English language.
A further complication is Zidane’s wife’s attitude to United’s interests. According to a close friend, Veronique Zidane is not attracted to the idea of living in Manchester and would prefer her husband to take a longer break before returning to football.
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The former French national team player is a free agent after deciding to step down as Madrid coach for the second time in May and can be hired without paying a compensation package.
Zidane’s record of delivering big trophies while developing younger players in Madrid also fits the “cultural restart” story that United has sold to its supporters as a remedy for Solskjær to monitor its longest trophy drought in over three decades.
The club consider Zidane to be a less abrasive and demanding figure than Antonio Conte, whose camp they held initial talks with in the wake of October’s 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool without formally offering the ex-Internazionale, Chelsea and Juventus coach the job.
One week later, Conte withdrew from the market by agreeing to replace Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach.
United are also considering the candidacies of Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers and Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino. Although both are interested in taking charge at Old Trafford, significant compensation must be paid to their current employers to secure them at this point of the European season.
The Glazer family’s dissatisfaction with Solskjær’s performance as manager has grown across a period in which the Norwegian has led United to six defeats in their last 12 matches, including a home League Cup exit to a second-tier West Ham United team, the Champions League- defeat at Young Boys and a Premier League record defeat to Liverpool.
Sources close to the club’s owners claim that monitoring two five-goal home losses over the course of 12 months indicates that Solskjær and his large team of assistant coaches have produced a United team that is “less than the sum of its parts”.
Although Solskjær – who was handed over control of one of the world’s most powerful clubs in December 2018 after five trophy years in Molde and Cardiff – signed a new Manchester United contract in August, his agreement is believed to include an unchanged compensation payment for a single season. . the Norwegian be fired.
A number of first-team players have long been concerned about Solskjær’s training methods, tactics and in-game management.
Record Sports understands that more than one of United’s key footballers now feels a change of coach is crucial to turning a season opener that has left the club in sixth place, nine points behind leaders Chelsea after just 11 games.
For further analysis of Manchester United’s hunt for Zinedine Zidane, please listen to the latest edition of The Transfer Window podcast here.