Zidane put on standby as Manchester United's next manager

Aubrey Yates
August 15, 2018

Former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has reportedly been lined up for a shock move to the English Premier League.

Zinedine Zidane is open to managing Manchester United next season.

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.

According to the French media outlet L'Equipe, Zidane is already considering his next role and has his sights set on the Premier League.

Not much has been heard from the French World Cup victor since then although there were whispers that he was placed on a shortlist by Manchester United management as a backup should Mourinho decide to depart Old Trafford. After his shock exit at Real Madrid, winning three consecutive Champions League titles, he was linked with a move to Juventus.

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However, Shaw was named in the starting lineup for Friday's opening match of the new Premier League season and repaid his manager by scoring his first ever senior goal - one which proved to be the victor for United.

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

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

And Mourinho also disagreed with Woodward over the future of Anthony Martial, with the United manager happy for the French forward to be sold.

Despite their opening day win against Leicester City on Friday night, many have doubted Jose Mourinho's reign in charge at Old Trafford after an average pre-season and a lack of transfer activity.

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