Zinedine Zidane has already disclosed his stance on the possibility of taking the helm at Manchester United.
The pressure on Erik ten Hag escalated on Sunday following Manchester United’s resounding 3-0 defeat to their city rivals, Manchester City, at Old Trafford.
This defeat, characterized by Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards as “a footballing masterclass,” has compounded United’s woes, as they have now suffered five losses in their first ten Premier League fixtures and find themselves trailing City by nine points, languishing in eighth place.
As previously reported, if Manchester United were to part ways with Ten Hag, the favored candidate to assume the managerial role at Old Trafford is the former Real Madrid boss, Zidane. Zidane, a World Cup, European Championship, and Champions League winner during his playing career, also secured three consecutive Champions League titles during his tenure as the Real Madrid manager.
Nevertheless, Zidane has remained out of the managerial scene since concluding his second stint as Real Madrid boss in the summer of 2021. He revealed in 2022 that while he harbors the desire to return to coaching, personal ambitions limit his suitability for various managerial roles.
Furthermore, the language barrier has posed a hindrance to him pursuing prominent positions in the Premier League, including the Manchester United job.
In an interview with L’Équipe, Zidane articulated, “When I was a player, I could choose almost any club. As a coach, my options are not as numerous. There are only two or three possibilities.”
“If I return to a club, it’s with the intention of winning. I say this with all humility. That’s why I cannot go just anywhere.”
“There are other factors that may also limit my choices. For instance, the language barrier. Certain conditions make things more challenging.”
“When people ask me, ‘Would you consider going to Manchester?’ I understand English, but I do not have full command of it.”
“I am aware that there are coaches who take on roles at clubs without being fluent in the language, but I have a different approach. To achieve victory, numerous elements come into play. It’s a comprehensive context. I know what I require to succeed.”