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Manchester United would be onto a winner with Zinedine Zidane if comments from Raphael Varane are anything to go by. The Red Devils are currently stuck in a rut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And they could sack the Norwegian should results continue to worsen.
United have lost six of their last 12 matches under Solskjaer this term.
They’re already nine points behind Chelsea at the to pop the Premier League table as a result, with Thomas Tuchel’s side looking superior in every department.
United are also out of the Carabao Cup, having lost 1-0 to West Ham in their showdown in September.
And, had it not been for the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Red Devils would likely already be out of the Champions League.
Now, with United continuing to fall down the table, talk of Solskjaer possibly losing his job continues to rumble on.
And fresh reports today have suggested the club are interested in hiring Zidane, who is currently on the market following his summer departure from Real Madrid.
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Should Zidane take charge of United, he’d be reunited with former players Ronaldo and Varane.
And the latter, speaking earlier in the year, made it clear how much he rated his compatriot following their successful time at the Bernabeu together.
Varane also made it clear, too, that he’d love to play under Zidane in the future should the opportunity arise.
“My first reaction is that I feel proud for the last ten years,” he said when quizzed on Zidane earlier in the year.
“He took me from Lens to Real Madrid and I have learned a lot alongside him.
“He is a coach that has a human side.
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“He is a source of inspiration, not only for me but for many players who have met him.
“Seeing him leave is strange for me and for an entire generation of players at Real Madrid.
“It has been a pleasure to work with him, and it would be nice for it to happen again in the future.
“He is a great coach and a great human being.”
Varane would seemingly approve if United turned to Zidane, who won three Champions League titles on the spin between 2016 and 2018.
But the Frenchman isn’t the only candidate to take charge of the Red Devils if they opt to relieve Solskjaer of his duties.
Brendan Rodgers has been earmarked as a possible replacement, even if he’s currently happy at Leicester.
So too has Mauricio Pochettino, despite the Argentine signing a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the year.
United are also admirers of Erik ten Hag, who works at Ajax.
And an outside candidate is Ralf Rangnick, though the 63-year-old is considered difficult for the Glazers to work with.
Regarding Zidane, meanwhile, he hit out at Florentino Perez when elaborating on his decision to quit Real earlier in the year.
The 49-year-old said in May: “I have now decided to leave and I want to properly explain the reasons.
“I’m going, but I’m not jumping overboard, nor am I tired of coaching.
“In May 2018 I left because after two and a half years, with so many victories and so many trophies, I felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the very highest level.
“Right now, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term.
“I understand football and I know the demands of a club like Real Madrid. I know when you don’t win, you have to leave.
“But with this a very important thing has been forgotten, everything I built day-to-day has been forgotten, what I brought to my relationships with the players, with the 150 people who work with and around the team.
“I’m a natural-born winner and I was here to win trophies, but even more important than this are the people, their feelings, life itself and I have the sensation these things have not been taken into account, that there has been a failure to understand that these things also keep the dynamics of a great club going.”
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