KEY POINTS

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to be linked to being sacked as Manchester United manager
  • Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is among the favorites to replace Solskjaer
  • Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly "recommends" Zidane to be his coach once again

Manchester United may have to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the club’s terrible stint under the Norwegian manager.

Rumor has it that the humiliating 0-5 loss to Liverpool validated Manchester United’s need to sack Solskjaer as the club’s manager.

World-renowned club managers Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane were among the names topping Manchester United’s target list, with the former already reportedly keen on replacing Solskjaer.

Zidane, on the other hand, is not interested in taking over the Red Devils, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported.

According to the report, Zidane, who left Real Madrid at the end of the past season, does not want to manage Manchester United as he is not yearning to end his retirement anytime soon.

Aside from Manchester United, top European clubs Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United are all hoping for Zidane’s commitment, per Manchester Evening News.

The report further suggested that at the moment, there is a very slim chance that Manchester United would be able to convince Zidane to take a coaching job as the Frenchman’s stance on the matter has not changed one bit since 2018.

It can be recalled that Zidane was offered to replace then-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho but to no avail.

Instead, it was Solskjaer who ended up succeeding the Portuguese tactician.

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after failing to win a trophy this season Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after failing to win a trophy this season Photo: AFP / Glyn KIRK

An earlier report also stated that Ronaldo even “recommends” Zidane to become Manchester United’s new coach.

The pair has enjoyed quite a successful spell together at Real Madrid, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner even put it into words in 2019.

"The confidence that a player needs doesn't only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach,” Ronaldo said when talking about Zidane. "You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special."

"He helped me a lot,” he continued. “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."

As things stand, Solskjaer hinted that he is well aware of the pressure mounting on him.

However, the coach remains positive and is taking full accountability for his team’s poor run.

"It is the darkest day I have had leading these players,” Solskjaer said after the loss to Liverpool. “We know we are rock bottom, we can't feel any worse than this."

"I have never felt any worse than this. This is the lowest I have been. I accept the responsibility. That is mine today and it is mine going forward."