Exceptional meeting and boost for Zinédine Zidane: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Manchester, it would be over

He went to see the Manchester supporters to greet them and ask them above all for forgiveness. Sorry for this new disillusionment. This more humiliation. One too many for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? According to The Times, it’s a settled story. The British daily announces that the Mancunian board has convened an exceptional meeting this Saturday evening to discuss the dismissal of the Norwegian manager. And if Sky Sports first announced that the future of the Norwegian coach at the head of the team was ultimately « not decided » after this meeting, the Times then revealed late in the evening that the former SuperSub was discussing his starting conditions.
How can it be otherwise? United suffered another slap against Watford (4-1), modest 17th before this match. David de Gea, who twice stopped a penalty, could not do anything in the face of the apathy of his team. The Red Devils sank, lacking combativeness in both attack and defense. « It was embarrassing to see Man U playing like we did today. This is unacceptable. It was painful to watch the team play today, it was nightmare after nightmare. It’s not acceptable« , launched the Spanish porter on Sky Sport before putting on a layer: « It has been going badly for a long time. A club like Manchester United you have to fight for trophies. To be honest, we are far from that. « .

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A finding without appeal. Shared by number of observers. Already slapped in Leicester (4-2), humiliated by Liverpool at Old Trafford (0-5) and strongly jostled on the lawn of Atalanta (2-2) before failing to see the light of day at home in the derby against City (0-2), Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates have been slapping for many weeks. Only 7th in the Premier League 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 12 days, they remain on four defeats in their last five league games. And have only won one game in their last seven Premier League meetings. Held until then by his board which seemed to want to wait until the end of the season to see a change, Solskjaer found himself in an untenable position.

Zidane hoped for?

Arrived on tiptoe in December 2018 to take over the interim after the dismissal of José Mourinho, the Norwegian technician no longer seems to have the weapons to revive his group. Before this match, he had promised « a reaction« . We are still waiting for it. And it lacks the levers to restore the confidence of its proteges: »We have to find a way to put the players in a better mental predisposition to start the matches. For these guys, good guys, great players, it’s hard because when it doesn’t go your way, it backfires. Playing with these mental loopholes… « , He launched at the end of the meeting on Sky. It may not be up to him to figure out how to get there as United have a momentous match at Villarreal on Tuesday in the Champions League before a trip to leaders Chelsea on Sunday and then the reception of Arsenal.

For the Times, the Glazer family, which owns Manchester United, now even has a clear dream: to convince Zinédine Zidane to settle in the North of England. While Antonio Conte spun to Tottenham a few weeks ago, the Frenchman, free since leaving Real Madrid, is Man’s number 1 priority. U. But there is a catch, and not the least: if the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphaël Varane – former Madrid glories – can help, Zizou does not seem necessarily in a hurry to find a new challenge. To motivate the triple winner of the Champions League with Real Madrid, Manchester would particularly like to increase its financial offer.

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