Zinedine Zidane is keen on replacing Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager, according to French media outlet L’Equipe.
The Frenchman left his post as Real Madrid manager in May after securing a remarkable third Champions League title in a row.
Zidane wants a return to management and was tipped to take over as France manager after departing the Bernabeu, although there is no chance of Didier Deschamps leaving the national side any time soon having won the World Cup.
As a result, the former midfielder has eyed a move to the Premier League, and specifically Man United once Mourinho leaves the club.
Zidane stated he did not want an immediate return to management after leaving Madrid, which makes the United job an ideal prospect.
Most supporters do not expect Mourinho to be managing United next season. Some even believe he’ll be gone before Christmas.
This is a pessimistic view but Zidane, having been at Madrid in several capacities, understands the ruthless nature of top level football.
He will also know that managing United – a club with a totally different hierarchical structure, a disjointed team, no modern identity or European pedigree – will be an entirely different challenge altogether to what he encountered in Spain.
At Madrid he was a guide, making clever tweaks here and there, but at Old Trafford he would be charged with enacting wholesale tactical and ideological changes – and he would have to do it in a country whose language he does not speak.