Zinedine Zidane is one of the biggest figures in football. His playing career was sensational, but it is now his managerial prowess that is impressing football fans.
Manchester United supporters want a head coach with a history of success, and the Frenchman certainly lives up to that billing. The former Real Madrid coach won multiple trophies during his time with the Spanish giants.
What tactics would Zidane implement?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his side playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation throughout the bulk of this season. But, in recent weeks, the Norwegian has moved towards a 3-5-2 set-up.
Zidane endorses the 4-3-3 formation, which could benefit United. The Red Devils have struggled in the central defensive midfield area this campaign, and under the 49-year-old, this problem could be rendered obsolete.
Jadon Sancho would undoubtedly get more opportunities, and Zizou could tighten up United’s struggling defence.
Can Zidane speak English?
The former French international does not speak fluent English. In a press conference in 2020, Wales manager Ryan Giggs was asked whether he had communicated with the former Real Madrid boss regarding him leaving Gareth Bale out of his Spanish side.
He said: “I did not speak with Zidane because he is not fluent in English, and I do not speak French and Spanish.”
However, this is not a deal-breaker. Plenty of managers and players have had success in countries where they couldn’t speak their native tongue. Football is considered an international language, after all.
Would he want to come?
According to his agent Alain Migliaccio, Zidane has no desire to manage in the Premier League.
He said: “I do not think he will manage in England. It is much less his style. I have discussed it with him. It does not attract him.”
Manchester United are hopeful, however, that his close relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo could sway him towards Old Trafford. The pair shared great success at Madrid, and Zidane knew how to get the best out of the Portuguese man.
The Premier League side is interested, but according to reliable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, talks are yet to begin. The French legend supposedly does not want to take over mid-campaign but would consider it a different proposition should United reach out in the summer.
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