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.