Zinedine Zidane’s Sir Alex Ferguson comments as Frenchman tipped to be next Man Utd boss

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Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is being heavily linked with the Manchester United job and is said to be a contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But the Frenchman has given an indication of what fans could expect from him if he ended up taking over with his past comments on Sir Alex Ferguson.

The pressure is mounting on current United manager Solskjaer after a humiliating defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool which has raised serious questions about their prospects going forward.

For the second game running, Solskjaer retreated to the dressing room amid a chorus of boos as the Old Trafford crowd vented their anger at a woeful first-half display.

With Liverpool racing into a 4-0 lead, the biggest game in English football quickly became a nightmare for United, but things still got worse for them.

The sensational Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick after the break to add even more gloss to the scoreline before Paul Pogba saw red for a high tackle on Naby Keita to compound United’s woes.

The score-line could have been even more humiliating if the Reds had not taken their foot off the gas after the fifth goal, but Jurgen Klopp cited the importance of avoiding injuries.

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Despite a turbulent run of form, Solskjaer still seems to have the backing of those behind the scenes at United, but calls for Zidane to take the reins are growing louder.

The former Madrid boss famously won three consecutive Champions League titles between 2016 and 2018, but has already warned United fans that he couldn’t be their next Alex Ferguson with his previous comments.

Speaking back in December 2020 when he was still in charge of Madrid, Zidane said: “I don’t know how long I am going to stay here [at Real Madrid].

“I am very lucky to be at this club and I like being happy even in the most difficult times. I have lived in Spain, in Madrid for a long time and I want to carry on a while longer.

“I’ll never be Madrid’s [Sir Alex] Ferguson, that’s for sure!”

Ferguson’s United reign was notable for its extreme longevity, with the Scotsman taking charge of the club between 1986 and 2013.

Solskjaer may aspire to be the same way given his history as a player at Old Trafford, although he might not be given that chance based on recent performances.

Although Ferguson’s stance on Zidane taking charge is unknown, he was certainly a fan of the Frenchman as a player.

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The Scotsman famously once claimed: “Give me Zidane and ten pieces of wood and I’ll win you the Champions League.”

Watching on from the stands on Sunday, ‘Fergie’ – who has been a supporter and mentor to Solskjaer – could not hide his horror as old foes Liverpool ran riot at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has been warned he will face unprecedented pressure in the coming days and weeks, with crunch clashes against Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City coming up next.

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