Ronaldo's Time Under Zidane is Frightening

The Perfect Relationship

After a busy summer at Old Trafford with the marquee signings of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho, and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo himself, a big season was expected on the red side of Manchester.

However, a recent poor run of form has left many speculating whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time as Manchester United boss may well be coming to an end. One man whose name seems to be continually mentioned is Real Madrid and France legend, Zinedine Zidane, who famously led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles, a feat no other manager has accomplished with any club.

This record-breaking team was of course spearheaded by Ronaldo who as mentioned now plies his trade in Manchester leaving many wondering if Zidane is the right man to bring glory back to United and get the best out of the Portuguese forward.

Next Manchester United Manager Odds

skybet

ZINEDINE ZIDANE TO BE NEXT UNITED MANAGER ODDS @ 10/1

How many goals did Ronaldo bag under Zidane?

Under Zidane, Ronaldo scored 112 goals and provided a further 30 assists in 114 appearances which equates to 1.23 goal contributions per game.

Although these are astronomical numbers, under Zidane, Ronaldo actually delivered his poorest goal contributions in his time at Madrid with now current boss Carlo Ancelotti getting his best return rate of 1.57 goal contributions per game when he managed Ronaldo. This more or less comes with the theory of age playing a factor, as Ronaldo's game developed from the relentless goalscoring nature to more of a clinical striker. Nevertheless, it's still an outrageous record and one which near enough no player can match.

Despite this, under Zidane, the current United man still scored 72 La Liga goals and netted 32 times in the Champions League, including an unforgettable overhead kick against Juventus. More importantly for Ronaldo and Real, the main thing to note with his goal contributions under Zidane is how this resulted in many, many trophies.

How many trophies did Ronaldo grab with Zidane?

Despite putting up his worst goal contributions with Zidane at the helm, this was far from reflected in the haul of trophies collected. Ronaldo and co-delivered a further three Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles, a Spanish Super Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, and two Club World Cup titles returning Real Madrid to the serial winners they once were. In theory, it remains the most successful period of any European club since the rebranding of the Champions League in 1992.

Aside from team accolades, both Zidane and Ronaldo received heavy individual praise during this time, with Ronaldo collecting two of his five Ballon d'Or trophies in this period being recognised as the world’s best footballer. Zidane was also twice awarded the highest managerial honour in these same years being named the world's best coach in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons consecutively.

So, would Ronaldo actually work under Zidane?

Considering his albeit short record in management, it might seem ludicrous to suggest that Zidane wouldn’t be able to turn this out of form United team around to deliver some much-needed silverware, something Solksjaer has failed to do in his spell at the club.

However, despite Ronaldo being at Zidane’s disposal, other long-standing members of his famed Madrid side could be large omissions withwith Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema, to name a few, not being on the Old Trafford payroll.

Yes, Ronaldo may have been the spearhead and quite frankly dragged his Madrid teammates to success at times throughout Zidane’s tenure, but no one can argue the importance of his star-studded support cast. That being said, United house a fair share of stars themselves including Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, and of course, former Real teammate, Varane.

Although there is rhyme and reason for Zidane’s name being thrown in the hat for the United job, a lack of experience could ultimately be costly and in truth, it doesn't really go too far away from what is seemingly been Solskjaer's main problem throughout his three years at Old Trafford.

Despite being an undoubtedly astute man-manager and relentless winner as a player and manager and already having faced a tough challenge in his second spell in Madrid, Zidane would be walking into what is frankly a sinking ship in Manchester.

Coupled with his inexperience, this need for instant success may see the United board turn to more practiced hands when it comes to mid-season saviours, such as Antonio Conte. The Italian won the Premier League and FA Cup in just two seasons at Chelsea, and despite Zidane boasting more, an analytical look at his period at Real doesn't quite translate to success with a club that is in tatters on the pitch and may need a few years for the youngsters to grow first.


🙌 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 BET 🙌
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 3 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS ONLY REDEEMABLE ON FOOTBALL. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND FURTHER T&CS APPLY.
Claim Bonus
🟢 Bet £10 & Get £50 in free bets! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔸 BET £10 AND GET £30 IN FREE BETS! 🔸
New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Bonus
⚽️ BET £10 & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! (MOBILE ONLY) ⚽️
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Bonus
⚽️ UP TO £50 MONEY BACK AS CASH IF ANY OF YOUR FIRST 5X £10 FOOTBALL BETS LOSE ⚽️
Place 5x£10 Sportsbook bets on any market at minimum odds of 2.0 (Evs), and get money back as Cash if it loses. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10 (up to £50 in total). Only deposits made via Cards will be eligible for the promotion (Apple Pay excluded). T&Cs apply
Get Offer
🔷 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £10 🔷
Full T&C’s Apply. New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.
Claim Bonus
🟠 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS! 🟠
*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
CLAIM HERE
🔴 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔴
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ BET £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS ✅
New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES WHEN YOU BET £5 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
✅ GET A FREE BET UP TO £35 + 10 FREE SPINS ✅
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free online casino spins at QuinnCasino. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
BET £5 & GET £30 IN BONUSES
18+ New Customers opt in, bet £5 & get 2x £10 Free Bets for set events (odds 2.00+) + £10, Slots Bonus, selected games, 35x wagering to withdraw max £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card Payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
🎉 BET £10 & GET £60 FREE BETS! 🎉
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🟢 UP TO £40 MONEY BACK AS BONUSES + A £10 CASINO BONUS 🟢
18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first sports bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Visit Unibet.co.uk for full T&C's. #Ad
Claim Bonus
🔵 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS + ACCA REWARDS OF YOUR CHOICE! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. Choose either Boost or Insurance. Available for in-play/pre-match bets on selected sports. You cannot use specials, boosts, any free bet or any other promotion. A minimum of 5 selections and minimum odds of 1/5 per selection/leg to receive Acca Rewards. Minimum stake of £/€0.05. Max free bet refund of £/€20 per Acca for Insurance. Maximum bonus payout is €/£1,000 per Acca for boost. Free bets, cashed out or voided bets will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
♥️ GET £40 FREE PLAY PLUS A £10 FREE SPORTS BET! ♥️
1st time depositors only. Min. deposit £10. Use code FAPOKER. Free Play given as cash, Spin & Go tickets, and a Sports Free Bet over 6 days. Tickets expire after 24 hours. Withdrawal restricted during bonus period. Terms apply.
Claim Bonus
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus