Zinedine Zidane Keen on Replacing Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Annette Crawford
August 15, 2018

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".

After leading Real to three successive Champions League titles the Frenchman, 46, is out of work after departing the Bernabeu in May.

Since the shock resignment at Real, Zidane has been linked with the Qatar national team job and a technical advisory role with former club Juventus in before the speculation was quickly dismissed.

United finished 19 points behind runaway winners Manchester City last term and Mourinho has been unapologetic in voicing his dissatisfaction with the lack of sufficient reinforcements this summer.

The latest briefing from Manchester United insiders on Wednesday backed the club's manager and insisted the club "are convinced they have the squad to challenge for the Premier League title", despite a disappointing summer in the transfer market.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was unable to strike a deal for either player Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng who were both wanted by Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager had warned United's board the club could face a "difficult season" if the squad was not improved.

Pogba also went on to open up about his mental state, as he was quoted as saying (via BBC): "If you're not happy, you can not give your best".

It is understood that United shortlisted Zidane as one of the candidates to replace Mourinho if the 55-year-old leaves at the end of the current season.

"Manchester City, PSG, but I chose United". Sources have told ESPN FC that United will continue to monitor the midfielder and could look to bring him back when he fulfils more of the requirements.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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