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3 reasons why Zinedine Zidane is not the right man to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Madhan Kalyan
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2.26K   //    02 Sep 2018, 01:57 IST

Mourinho and Zidane were close pals during the former's time at Real Madrid

Pressure is mounting on the incumbent Manchester United manager following the 3-0 defeat at home to Spurs. While the Glazers and Ed Woodward continue to back their manager for now, they will not be afraid to make changes should the situation spiral out of control like it often does in Mourinho's third seasons at clubs.

If things do go out of control and Mourinho is indeed sacked, then Zinedine Zidane who has been out-of-work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season would be the first choice of the Glazers to replace him.

Reports have indicated that Zidane has told his friends that he would like to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United as early as next season

Arguably the most eligible manager out of work now, majority of United fans would personally pay his flight ticket and roll up a carpet from Manchester airport to Carrington if that's what it takes to entice him to United.

What's not to like about him? He has had a stellar CV in his short career, he is an affable character, would get players on his side, will bring attacking football back to Old Trafford, and would be the commercial face Ed Woodward yearns for.

While there is much to like about the Frenchman, and he might yet prove to be a success in the Premier League, there are still question marks regarding his ability to make the grade in the Premier League.

Below are three reasons why Zidane should not succeed Mourinho at Old Trafford.

#1 Unproven

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final
Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

This might seem a bit churlish to say about a manager who has won three back to back Champions Leagues in his three year managerial career, but the harsh reality is that Zidane is still a bit unproven.


He was thrown in the deep end at Real Madrid, and he not only steadied the ship, but also steered it in the right direction to unprecedented heights, but still there are lingering doubts about his managerial abilities.

He was helped by the fact that the squad he inherited at Real Madrid had world class players in every position, and there were very few in-comings and out-goings during his time at Real Madrid.

The squad he would inherit at The Theatre of Dreams will be a comparatively weaker squad in need of surgery. There are doubts as to whether he could mould a squad in his image, and his ability to transform a club is still untested.

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