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Red Devils refute interest in Zidane

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Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane attends a training session at the Valdebebas training ground in Madrid on April 30, 2018 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg football match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Manchester United have denied recent reports in the French media linking Zinedine Zidane with the club.

The former Real Madrid manager, fresh off winning as many European Cups in two and a half years as United have won in their history, is currently contemplating his next job in football.

With barely concealed civil war currently underway between United manager José Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, someone decided to drop a well-timed report on the Frenchman’s supposed interest in the Old Trafford hot seat.

It may have been a case of putting two and two together and making five – high profile manager out of work, idiot CEO who loves big names – but it was a fascinating hypothetical.

With Mourinho looking increasingly miserable, star players being unhappy with him, and his bosses blatantly refusing to support him in the transfer market, wouldn’t the (conveniently adidas-sponsored) Zidane be a natural fit?

Well, someone at United has moved to shut those rumors down. A BBC report carries a direct quote from United saying, “Why would we discuss Zidane when there is no job?”

Well, that settles that then. Ed Woodward and his team should be fired for dereliction of duty.

Of course there is no job, at least until Mourinho walks in September and Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna lead United to Champions League glory.

But with a team in apparent turmoil, and a current manager who has notoriously gone to pieces in every third season with the same team, it would be ludicrous if people at United weren’t discussing possible replacements.


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