/Manchester United manager latest: Zinedine Zidane would ‘love’ job if Jose Mourinho is sacked, talkSPORT tol

Manchester United manager latest: Zinedine Zidane would ‘love’ job if Jose Mourinho is sacked, talkSPORT tol


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French football journalist Julien Laurens has offered an inside view on the managerial situation at Old Trafford

Zinedine Zidane loves the idea of becoming Manchester United manager and would be tempted if offered the job, talkSPORT has been told.

Zidane, the former Real Madrid boss, has long been favourite to succeed Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford if the decision is made to dismiss the Portuguese.

Zidane enjoyed amazing success in two-and-a-half years as Real Madrid boss

Zidane enjoyed amazing success in two-and-a-half years as Real Madrid boss

Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool leaves Mourinho leading the Premier League sack race, with one bookmaker offering 7/4 on him being dismissed before any other top flight boss.

It was claimed earlier this year that United chiefs have already held talks with Zidane over taking charge at Old Trafford, with the former France midfielder currently out of work having departed Real Madrid at the end of last season after guiding the club to three successive Champions League successes.

Following those reports, some Manchester United fans took cardboard cut-outs of Zidane to Old Trafford for the Red Devils’ Premier League encounter with Newcastle, which was expected to be Mourinho’s last match in charge – regardless of the result.

Mourinho stayed on beyond the 3-2 defeat of the Magpies, however, but the pressure has continued to increase on him with United enduring their worst start to a season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

The Portuguese is expected to remain in his position until at least this weekend, with Mourinho backed to take charge of United for their visit to Cardiff City, but there are no guarantees heading into the final week of 2018 and beyond.

And, if the Old Trafford hot seat becomes available, Zidane would be tempted to become Manchester United’s 23rd full-time manager.

French football journalist Julien Laurens joined talkSPORT on Monday, and said of Zidane: “He would be tempted – I think he loves the idea.

“For him, the man management is his main quality, his biggest quality.

“He improved a lot at Real Madrid over the two-and-a-half years tactically, and in understanding the game, but where he was so good was managing that dressing room.

“He made everyone, even the smaller players, feel important.”

For Mourinho, the future beyond Old Trafford remains unclear.

The perception is few elite clubs would be willing to hire the Portuguese given his struggles over the past couple of years, and Laurens believe only one job remains open to the former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid coach.

He added: “I think the next job for Mourinho is the Portugal national team, and that will be his last one as well.

“The big clubs – the top, top clubs – won’t want to hire him any more, and I’m wondering when I see him now whether he even wants to manage at club level, because he doesn’t seem to be enjoying it anyway.”

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