Man Utd hope two players can convince Zinedine Zidane to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United are reportedly stepping up their interest in Zinedine Zidane. Former Real Madrid boss Zidane has been linked with the United job in recent months. And the Red Devils hope a couple of their star players can help convince the Frenchman the club is right for him.

Zidane left Real at the end of last season after finishing second in La Liga.

He won two league titles during his two spells at the Bernabeu and three consecutive Champions Leagues between 2016 and 2018.

The former France midfielder is said to be among candidates such as Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers to be the next United boss.

Current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure following a run of just one win in six Premier League matches.

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Solskjaer’s side are sixth in the table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea after just 11 matches of the campaign.

Out of United’s top three targets, Zidane is the only one currently out of work.

And The Times claims United are stepping up their interest in the 49-year-old.

The report says Zidane is unsure whether United is the right club for him at this point in his coaching career.

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But Red Devils chiefs hope the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, who played under Zidane at Real, can help persuade him to join.

Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus in the summer, with Varane leaving Real for Old Trafford in the same window.

The pair played key roles in Real’s Champions League success under Zidane.

United may have to work even harder to persuade Zidane to move to the club.

Last month, French football expert Julien Laurens explained the reasons why Zidane would not want the job.

“For Zinedine Zidane, he’s not keen on the job,” Laurens told ESPN FC.

“He’s never really been on coming to England, whether that was as a player or as a manager before.

“He’s got his eyes on the France job that could likely be available after the 2022 World Cup, so just over a year, or maybe after the 2024 Euros in Germany, but still very likely to be in a year’s time.

“So why would you take a job now, especially this kind of job?

“A club in crisis, a team low in confidence, where you know it’s going to be difficult, where you know the environment is quite heavy on you with the tabloids and everything.”

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