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Man Utd considering move for Real Madrid flop Julen Lopetegui to replace Solskjaer if they fail to land Zidane

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MANCHESTER UNITED are considering a move for former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui if they fail to secure Zinedine Zidane as their new manager.

According to The Athletic, Man Utd could move for Julen Lopetegui if they are unable to convince Zinedine Zidane to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer, 48, has officially been sacked as Man Utd manager this morning after their dire performance in yesterday’s 4-1 loss to Watford.

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Zidane is said to be United’s first choice to replace Solskjaer[/caption]

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Solskjaer has been sacked by Man Utd after three years at the club[/caption]

The loss was Utd’s seventh in their last 13 games and was a stretch too far for Solskjaer, who will be replaced on an interim basis by Michael Carrick.

Zidane, 49, is reportedly the club’s first choice to replace Solskjaer, having been linked with the position for some time.

But there are doubts as to whether the Frenchman can be persuaded to take up the role at Old Trafford, as he would have to relocate and also learn English.

Should they fail in their pursuit of the former Real Madrid boss, Utd could reportedly turn to Lopetegui, 55, who is currently in charge of Sevilla.

Lopetegui had an ill-fated spell as Real Madrid boss in 2018, but lasted only 14 games before getting the sack and being replaced by Zidane.

The former Porto boss was also sacked from the Spain job in 2018 after he had agreed to become Real Madrid boss before their World Cup campaign.


But he has revived his career with a successful spell at Sevilla, winning almost 60 percent of his games and leading the club to the 2019-20 Europa League.

He has also guided them to consecutive top four finishes and could be lined up to replace Solskjaer at the end of the season as a back-up option to Zidane.

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Lopetegui is reported to be one of Utd’s back-up options to Zidane[/caption]

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