Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Zinedine Zidane wants to replace Jose Mourinho next year

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Zinedine Zidane wants to return to football club management and has reportedly set his sights on the Premier League and Manchester United.

The Daily Mirror, via French publication L'Equipe, reports that the former Real Madrid coach "wants to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United as early as next season".

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Having won the UEFA Champions League thrice and the LaLiga title in two and half seasons at the Spanish giants, the 46-year-old has been touted as the ideal candidate to lead a new project at the Red Devils.

The report claims that the World Cup-winning midfielder is especially keen on managing Manchester United.

Not only did Zidane hail Pogba in 2016 (The Guardian), but The Mirror also reported in November that Zidane wanted to rescue Martial from his United struggles and take him to Real Madrid.

His relationship with the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has deteriorated and Mourinho cut a frustrated figure throughout the summer.

Mourinho is still under contract at Manchester United and will continue as manager for the foreseeable future. However, should Zidane contact the United hierarchy about becoming their manager, they will need to make a quick decision or risk losing the Frenchman to another Premier League club.