Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane is being increasingly linked with a move to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United boss.
Reports are hotting up that the Frenchman has told friends he is confident he’d be United’s first choice as Mourinho heads ever closer to the sack at Old Trafford.
It’s been a nightmare start to the new season for the Red Devils, with Mourinho not getting the signings he wants, falling out with big-name players, and losing 3-2 against Brighton in a shock result.
Zidane, meanwhile, won the Champions League three times in less than three full seasons in charge at Real Madrid, and seems an ideal upgrade for Mourinho.
The 46-year-old is available after stepping down from the Madrid job at the end of the last campaign, and there are supposedly three key reasons he wants the United job in particular.
According to the Daily Mail, one of those is that previous links with taking over the French national team now look dead in the water after Didier Deschamps guided them to World Cup glory in the summer.
As well as that, Zidane had been linked as a possible contender for the PSG job, but that went to Thomas Tuchel and it’s also unclear if he’d want it anyway due to his Marseille connections.
Finally, the Mail report that Zidane is particularly keen on a move to the Premier League, with United also his favoured destination and perhaps most realistic shout at the moment considering the managerial situations at the other top clubs.
It’ll be intriguing to see how this rumour develops if United have another bad result against Tottenham in their next game.