Zinedine Zidane has emerged as the new favourite to take over from Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United.
The former Real Madrid boss, who surprisingly left his post in Spain just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League, is 7/4 (2.75) with William Hill to be the next man in charge at Old Trafford.
United triumphed 2-1 over Leicester in their first game of the season but that has done little to relieve the pressure on Mourinho, with Paul Pogba amongst those seemingly unhappy.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Zidane has eyes on taking a managerial job in England and it seems that Manchester may become the most high-profile vacant job in the Premier League in the next 12 months.
In just two-and-a-half-years, the Frenchman guided Real to a hat-trick of Champions League crowns and a La Liga title before leaving for pastures new.
It was initially rumoured that Zidane would follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and join the club in an advisory role, although those reports now appear to be false as the 1998 World Cup winner seeks out his next employment.
|Next permanent Manchester United manager||Price|
|Zinedine Zidane||7/4 (2.75)|
|Mauricio Pochettino||13/2 (7.50)|
|Ryan Giggs||12/1 (13.0)|
|Laurent Blanc||14/1 (15.0)|
|Didier Deschamps||16/1 (17.0)|
Now with Mourinho’s job possibly under threat following a chaotic pre-season that saw the ex-Chelsea manager in verbal conflict with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward over transfer policy, Zidane could be the man to step in.
Pochettino has long been touted as a potential United manager, and with Spurs failing to sign a single player in the summer transfer window, the lure of England’s most famous team may prove too much for the Argentine.
However, the 46-year-old recently signed a new contract with the London club which will keep him at the club until 2023.