It does not look like Zinedine Zidane will be taking charge at Manchester United anytime soon, with leading Manchester newspaper the MEN hearing the club downplay links to the former Real Madrid manager, who has a tremendous record in the Champions League.
Multiple sources have told the leading newspaper in Manchester that the club will sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are in the process of sorting his compensation package believed to be worth around £7.75 million.
That’s a hefty fee but one Solskjaer warrants for building this squad and leaving it in a far better place than his predecessor.
This could see Darren Fletcher takeover on an interim basis, backing up claims we ran earlier tonight, with Michael Carrick stood as his assistant for the Champions League clash against Villarreal. That idea has been reportedly backed by executives.
The former Scotland international was spotted in the dugout during United’s 4-1 defeat against Watford on Saturday. That game has proved to be the final nail in Solskjaer’s coffin.
According to the Manchester Evening News, sources at United have downplayed speculation linking Zinedine Zidane with the manager’s role, meaning Duncan Castles of The Times could be a little premature in his reporting.
It has been suggested that Zidane links have been a tactic to appease Cristiano Ronaldo, which wouldn’t fit into the club’s culture of thinking long-term anyway.
I think any big football club in our situation would be looking at Zidane, but he’s probably thinking about the France job after the World Cup if Didier Deschamps stands away.
There has been nothing of late to suggest he actually wants the United job, which he could see as more hassle than it’s worth – since he’d have to deal with the Glazers.
We’ll probably end up with Brendan Rodgers and that won’t end well either.