Both Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are frontrunners to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United, according to Todo Fichajes.
The Norwegian boss is under fire for the team’s struggles in the last month. The Red Devils have lost to Young Boys in the Champions League Group stage, got kicked out of the Carabao Cup, and drew against Everton in what was a lackluster performance. Solskjær is also causing frustration in the locker room, with five unhappy players including Ronaldo.
But it’s unlikely that the United board would sack Solskjær this soon, especially with the Red Devils finishing second last season and sitting comfortably in the top four. United also re-signed Solskjaer assistant manager Mike Phelan in a bid to show their support. Furthermore, Solskjær is a club legend that deserves more time at the helm. Known at Old Trafford as a super-sub, he scored the last-minute goal to win the 1999 Champions League.
However, there are rumors that the Glazer family could move on quicker than expected given the availability of high-profile coaches like Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane.
52-year-old Conte left Inter Milan last season after guiding the team to their first Scudetto since 2010. Before joining Inter, he coached Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup trophy. He also led Juventus to three Serie A titles. Rumors are already circulating that Newcastle’s new Saudi owners want the Italian to replace Steve Bruce as soon as possible.
Zidane’s resume is equally impressive, having won the Champions League in his inaugural coaching year at Real Madrid. He’d win two more and return to the club to snatch a La Liga during his second term. If Ole is a decent man manager, Zidane is an elite one, well suited to deal with huge egos in the dressing room.
Zidane, of course, also has future ambitions to become France’s next manager. Odds are slim he’d take on the United role while he awaits Didier Deschamps’s departure.
Should Ole’s struggles continue, who do you think is most likely to be the next coach at Manchester United?