Manchester United are struggling under current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and reports suggest they could turn to Cristiano Ronaldo’s former coach Zinedine Zidane
If Solskjaer’s team continue to struggle, it’s likely he’ll be out of work – and, although reports suggest Zidane isn’t interested in the job, he could be the ideal replacement.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane – two of United’s summer signings and biggest stars – know exactly what it’s like to play under the Frenchman.
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Both played worked with Zidane in Madrid and achieved significant success – winning three Champions League titles, among other trophies.
He is also a free agent, allowing him to step into the role at short notice and give United a much needed boost heading into 2022.
Speaking in 2019, Ronaldo revealed what Zidane is like as a person, how he talks to his players, how he leads his team and how he treated him.
“The confidence that a player needs doesn’t only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach,” said the Portuguese.
“You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special.
“He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more.
“That’s because of what he’s like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me.”
That closeness is something former MK Dons midfielder Sergio Aguza, who played under Zidane while he was manager of Real’s B team, also appreciated.
“He always had his door open to everyone,” Aguza told Sky Sports in 2016. “My relationship with him was very good. He is a manager who likes to be close to his players.
“He likes to know your opinions and he likes to know how you are. I spoke with him almost every day to try to improve things for the team.”
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Ex-Bolton defender Derik Osede, another former B team player, added: “He was still an idol to us, so every time he talked or gave us instructions, we were always very attentive.
“It could be intimidating as he was one of the greatest players of all-time. He had our complete respect. We never had any problems with him in that sense.
“He was a good manager and a good person – and during my time with him he taught me a lot.”