Louis Saha has backed Zinedine Zidane for the Man United manager’s job.
As we all know, Ralf Rangnick has only been hired on a temporary basis. He’ll pass the baton over to someone new in the summer, before moving upstairs in a consultancy capacity. What that entails, we’re still not quite sure.
The German’s goal is to leave the club in a healthier place than what he found it in. It’s certainly fair to say that we’re already noticing an upturn in form and performances of late.
Behind the scenes, there’s a very good chance that the search is already well underway in regards to who could replace Rangnick. Names like Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Zinedine Zidane seem to be the front runners.
Well, it’s the latter who one former United player is backing for the job. Louis Saha believes the 49-year-old Zidane is the perfect fit for one or two reasons.
Not only would Zidane improve the confidence of the squad, he’s also got a track record for developing young players – which fits in line with United’s DNA.
“I think it’s a difficult one, but of course as a French player, I think Zidane would be the perfect fit.’ Saha told Genting Casino.
“Maybe Manchester United need to become more of an attractive proposition to get him – I don’t know. For me, Zidane is the best candidate.
“As a manager, he would improve the confidence of some players. Look at what Zidane has won, not just as a player, but in management.
“He also has a history of developing young players and brought some to a level they never expected. I really like his profile and I think that he would do amazing things there.”
I think that United have to be very careful where Zidane is concerned. Sure, his track record speaks for itself. He delivered trophies galore for Real Madrid – though we have to remember that was a ready made squad that was in an excellent place.
At Old Trafford, it’d be a total rebuild and we’ve never seen him do that before, so it’d be intriguing to see how he handled it…
One man who’d love to see Zidane come in is Cristiano Ronaldo. The pair obviously enjoyed great success together at the Santiago Bernabeu and no doubt it’d guarantee the Portugal man would probably stay on for at least one more season.
Personally, I’m still in favour of going for someone like Pochettino – but only if he’s given time. This isn’t a job that can be fixed overnight. It’s going to take several transfer windows to clear all the dead-wood within the squad, while Poch needs to be given the freedom to allow this young United squad to learn from his tactics and ideas.
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