Go get Zinedine Zidane: Man United board tells management

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Manchester United board has given a marching order to the management to convince ex-Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to assume the role of the team manager.

The order came along with the sack of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

While another old boy Michael Carrick has been appointed to take charge of the team for forthcoming games, the club said it has begun a search for an interim manager to the end of the season.

Multiple reports on Sunday said the club has identified Zinedine Zidane as their preferred choice to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer permanently.

A humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford proved the last straw before the board decided to sack Solskjaer.

The loss means United have won just one of their last seven league matches and Solskjaer has lost the faith of the dressing room after such a poor start to the league campaign.

United decided against sacking Solskjaer during the international break, partly because of their desire to give him more time and partly because of the lack of available, suitable replacements.

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They are now sitting seventh on the EPL table.

Zidane, who left Madrid at the end of last season is favoured as the best available option for United.

The 49-year-old had wanted to take at least a year out of the game and his family have concerns about him returning to management so soon.

However, the Times reported that United’s board will now speed up conversations with Zidane as they look for a quick replacement for Solskjaer.

It’s claimed United will now offer the Frenchman a more significant financial package in a bid to persuade him to move to Manchester.

Zidane won three Champions League titles and a La Liga with Real Madrid across his two stints at the Bernabeu.

He resigned in 2019 after clashing with the club’s board over their transfer strategy but he returned 10 months later, only to resign again last summer.

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