Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly recommended Zinedine Zidane to be the next manager of Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen a difficult start to thecampaign, with the club winning just two of their last seven matches across all competitions. And, if the Red Devils lose to Atalanta in the Champions League tonight, the writing could be on the wall for the 48-year-old.
Should they fail to do that, it will prolong their bad run of form under Solskjaer and also plunge their hopes of making the Champions League knockout stages into uncertainty.United are adamant they’re behind Solskjaer for the time being, believing he’s the man to bring the glory days back.But, amid claims that Ronaldo has recommended Zidane to the Glazers as a possible replacement for the 48-year-old, more dropped points could spell disaster.
Express Sport will now take a look at everything Ronaldo has said about Zidane, with a reunion between the pair very much a possibility.Speaking a year after the two had parted ways, with Ronaldo heading to Juventus and Zidane leaving Real Madrid behind, the 36-year-old hailed the Frenchman.
“The confidence that a player needs doesn’t only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach,” he said.“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 same year, Ronaldo also hailed Zidane for the work he was doing at Real Madrid after the Frenchman replaced Rafa Benitez.“Zidane can manage the squad intelligently,” he said.
“At Madrid every player wants to play every game so from a managerial position, it is not easy to delegate all these decisions and make the calls.
“He knows how to handle this with a lot of thought.
“And he knows how to manage the squad.”