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Man Utd job: Zidane makes feelings clear amid conflict of interest

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Manchester United have reportedly made a ‘final’ decision on the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid claims that Zinedine Zidane had made his feelings clear on the potential vacancy at Old Trafford.

The future of Solskjaer has been plunged firmly under the spotlight. A dire run of form has seen them record just one win in six games to leave the Red Devils lagging nine points behind in the title race, according to the Teamtalk report.

To make matters worse, defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have cut deep and proven how far United have slipped behind the top teams in England and Europe. Indeed, it leaves many questioning if their four-year trophy wait will end this season.

With their Premier League hopes looking fragile, they have also been dumped out the League Cup. And but for Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics, they would be in a major hole in the Champions League too.

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Realistically, the Champions League – despite nagging doubts over their quality – or the FA Cup remains their most likely trophy avenues.

It all makes for grim reading for Solskjaer – and it gets worse….!

And it all comes against the backdrop of Ronaldo reportedly questioning Solskjaer and left worrying about how far the club has fallen.

Furthermore, a report on Saturday claimed that ‘United’s senior stars are now expecting the axe to fall on Solskjaer’.

That claimed their managerial hunt has been cut to just two names: Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers.

Zidane, though, is another name that continues to lurk and on Sunday, he was again linked with the hotseat.

However, Fabrizio Romano insists the Red Devils have not entered talks with the former Real Madrid boss.

The trusted Italian journalist also claims Zidane has no desire to accept the job midway through the season. Furthermore, any job he takes would have to be taken during the summer so he can put his new charges through a pre-season.

Romano though states it would be an entirely different propostion were United to come calling in the summer. However, right now, he has ‘no interest’ in taking charge at Old Trafford.

Zidane, however, is also willing to consider the France job were that to become available in the summer.

Indeed, as per the Daily Mirror, United are now committed to standing by Solskjaer until the end of the season.

They report that the Glazers’ stance is that any change now would further dent their top-four prospects.

Indeed, they fully intend to stay by the Norwegian until the summer when a review of his performance will be undertaken.

Until then though, it seems ‘business as usual’ as far as Solskjaer is concerned and inspite of their recent poor form.

That’s a stance Gary Neville also believes in as he told Sky Sports.

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“It’s not a board that has experience of winning trophies. You look right through to recruitment, the CEO or decision-makers – none of them have had success in winning titles. There’s an element of not knowing what to do.

“They will be very unsure what to do. In the past that same group of people have sacked managers after eight months in David Moyes, they sacked a manager after winning the FA Cup [Van Gaal]. They sacked Mourinho after giving him a new contract and not backing him in the transfer market. I suspect a real yo-yo in their minds and they haven’t got the experience to deal with it.

 

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Ligue 1: Marseille stunned by in-form Brest

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Marseille missed the chance to cement their grip on second place in the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side threw away the lead to lose 2-1 at home to a Brest team on a record winning run.

Brazilian international Gerson gave Marseille a first-half lead at the Velodrome with his second goal in as many games after playing a one-two with captain Dimitri Payet.

However, Brest drew level early in the second half as Romain Faivre scored a penalty awarded for a handball by Boubacar Kamara.

Franck Honorat then crashed a superb winner in off the underside of the crossbar as the side from Brittany made it six successive league wins, the best run in their history in the top flight.

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They are up to sixth, while Marseille remain second, 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are in action later on Saturday at Lens.

Kylian Mbappe could be rested for a PSG side already missing the injured Neymar, but Lionel Messi — who won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday — should start.

Marseille could drop down the table depending on results elsewhere this weekend, with Rennes and Nice both sitting within two points of the former Champions League winners.

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Bernardo stars again as Man City move to top of EPL with Watford win

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Bernardo Silva continued his scintillating form as Manchester City surged to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 victory at struggling Watford.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple header on four minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot against the home side’s porous defence.

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Jack Grealish had several chances to double the advantage before the in-form Bernardo fizzed in a rebound from a narrow angle just past the half hour.

 

City continued to pose all of the questions following the restart and Bernardo grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a wonderful curler that flew into the top corner on 63 minutes.

For long spells it looked like a case of how many for the visitors but Watford did give the home support some cheer when substitute Cucho Hernandez acrobatically volleyed in a rebound 16 minutes from time.

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The result means City take advantage of former leaders Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham earlier in the day to move a point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit. Watford remain three points above the drop zone in 17th spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League clash at RB Leipzig having already guaranteed top spot in Group A before hosting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. Watford travel to Brentford on Friday evening.

 

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