Zinedine Zidane is said to have been proposed by Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United’s management as a possible replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After United’s 4-2 loss to Leicester City on Saturday, which left them winless in their previous three Premier League games, Solskjaer has come under fire at Old Trafford.

United’s hierarchy is said to have given Solskjaer its full support, believing the 48-year-old, who signed a three-year contract in July, will enhance the team’s performance.

Following recommendation from Ronaldo, United have been reviewing their options and have identified Zidane as a prospective candidate, according to Spain’s El Chiringuito.

According to the story, Zidane has met with United’s leadership but has denied a prospective move to Old Trafford because he wants to succeed Didier Deschamps as France’s new head coach.

It’s also been reported that Zidane was approached by both PSG and Newcastle United, but the former Real Madrid manager declined both offers.

United now faces Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Chelsea in the Premier League over the next five weeks.

Rio Ferdinand, a Manchester United star, believes Solskjaer will be given the entire season to prove that he is the right man for the job.

‘Every year he’s been here, there’s been incremental improvement, and the squad shape and mold looks better than when he took over, that’s all fantastic,’ Ferdinand remarked on his Vibe with Five show.

‘This is Ole’s squad this season. He will be judged this season.

‘He needs to go win something and show progress once more.’ If he doesn’t, I believe he’ll end himself on the chopping block.

‘But I don’t think the club will have a knee-jerk reaction now. He’s done enough to warrant finishing this season and then see where you are. I think that’s what will be the case.

‘There will be people saying, ‘get rid of him now’, that’s the culture today.

‘I think he will get to the end of this season and then it will be a cut-throat decision.

‘Either… ‘yes, you’ve done well enough to stay again, you’ve stabilized what we’re doing and we’re on that journey still to where we want to get to’.

‘Or… ‘we’re now further away than we were before, you’ve regressed, thank you very much, see you later’.

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