In response to Manchester United’s request, Zinedine Zidane has stated that he will be available at the end of the season. United are on the lookout for a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but there aren’t many possibilities right now.
The Red Devils reportedly accepted the necessity to find a new manager on Wednesday, according to reports.
Due to the lack of significant candidates ready to take over in the middle of the season, Solskjaer may be able to keep his job until the conclusion of the season, depending on how bad things go.
It would allow United to map out a succession plan and consider a variety of choices in the months ahead.
Despite his current availability, Zidane is one of those who could be interested in taking over next summer.
According to Christian Falk of BILD, United approached Zidane about being their new manager.
However, the 49-year-old stated that he does not believe now is the appropriate moment to take on such a role in the Premier League.
Zidane has informed United’s board of directors that he wishes to take a vacation until the summer, implying that this is when he would be available again.
And his evident readiness to return to Manchester at the end of the season could persuade the club to stick with Solskjaer for the time being.
One thing to keep in mind is that come May, there will be other options besides Zidane.
United also admire Erik ten Hag, who is many supporters’ top pick to succeed Solskjaer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
At the end of what seems to be another great season with Ajax, he could be ready for a new challenge.
Brendan Rodgers and Luis Enrique, for example, could be easier to recruit, with the former appearing to be United’s favourite candidate.
Solskjaer is on the verge of losing his job, and despite the club’s adamant wish to maintain him until the conclusion of the season, things can’t get any worse.
The visits to Watford, Villarreal, and Chelsea before facing Arsenal are all going to be difficult, and might spell the end of Solskjaer’s resurrection ambitions.
But, if United can get through those games, a tempting run over the following several months offers a great chance to go back on track.
If United can return to meet their goals this season, the club’s position on replacing Solskjaer may alter.
However, that is now improbable, and a number of capable management improvements will be ready to take over next summer.