Man Utd Were In Talks To Appoint World Class Manager This Week Before Hiring Solskjaer

Manchester United co owner Avram Glazer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the match.

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Manchester United reportedly approached Zinedine Zidane for the managerial post earlier this week.

Having stunningly sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday morning, the Red Devils were swift to appoint a successor, hiring club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the new interim manager until the end of the season.

However, the club as well as the Norwegian himself have made it clear that the Old Trafford hierarchy intends to bring in a permanent candidate before the start of next campaign, with several top-class tacticians on their radar.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino currently seems to be the absolute favourite for the hot seat, but former Real Madrid gaffer Zinedine Zidane isn’t too far behind either.

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In fact, according to presenter Richard Keys, Manchester United established contact with the decorated Frenchman earlier this week, and offered him the managerial position at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Reds supposedly sounded Zidane out before handing Solskjaer the interim role, as the reigning European champion admitted that whilst interest, he was unsure of taking over the job midway through the season.

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Keys revealed (via Mirror): “United have spoken to Zidane. After meeting in Paris two months ago, they made him an offer this week that he was unsure about. His preference is to start work in July – if the job is still on offer.

“I don’t blame Woodward entirely for missing out here – but what a statement that would’ve been – putting in a three-time Champions League winner, whilst as the same time re-structuring the club, like Liverpool, top to bottom.

“Perhaps he should have locked Zidane in a room and refused to let him out until he said ‘yes’.”