On October 1st, we covered a report from France’s RMC that Jose Mourinho’s days as Manchester Unite manager are ‘numbered’ and Zinedine Zidane is the ‘favourite’ candidate to replace the former Chelsea coach at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils’ poor results under the Portuguese tactician this season, coupled with his relationship with Paul Pogba and a few other players at the club, has made Ed Woodward consider the 55-year-old’s future.
Zidane left Real Madrid after guiding them to three Champions League success in a row and has been without a club for four months. RMC Sport reported that he was learning English and would be interested in taking the United job, if he’s offered the opportunity to manage them.
His former France teammate Christophe Dugarry confirmed to the same outlet that the 20-time English champions are interested in hiring his compatriot as their new manager, but feels there the former Juventus star’s inability to communicate well in English could be a problem for him to take charge of the Premier League club.
“I think it’s average because Zizou does not speak a word of English. Also, it’s because during this season, he had planned to take care of his children, to spend a quiet year…” Dugarry told RMC Sport.
“Of course Manchester are interested [in Zidane], who is great coach is and is free right now. So they do everything to convince him, that’s normal, and I think it would be a good idea for Manchester [United].
“In terms of quality and quantity, they’re good. There are a lot of players [at United], who are traumatised by Mourinho, so an emotional coach like Zizou would surely do them good, but for that you have to speak the language.”
There’s every chance Dugarry is suggesting he knows more than he actually does right now, it would fit his persona on French TV, and that seems the case with a lot of Zidane claims at the moment.