Zidane distanced from Man Utd role as Mourinho fights to keep his job

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The Frenchman's agent claims the former Real Madrid boss has no desire to work in England amid ongoing talk of a possible move to Old Trafford

Zinedine Zidane has been distanced from a possible role as successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United by his agent.

Ever since speculation regarding the managerial post at Old Trafford began to circulate, an iconic Frenchman has seen his name put in the frame.

Mourinho remains at the Red Devils helm for now, but he is battling to keep that job amid a backdrop of uncertainty and ongoing talk of internal rifts within his squad.

If he were to be relieved of his duties, then former Real Madrid boss Zidane would likely be a frontrunner to take the reins, given the Liga and Champions League success he enjoyed in Spain.

His representative has, however, moved to quash the United rumours, with Alain Migliaccio telling Journal du Dimanche: “I do not think that he will manage in England.

“It is much less his style. I have discussed it with him, it does not really attract him. 

“He has chosen to have a year out, he will not dive in again before that is over.”

Zidane has hinted that he could be lured back into coaching before a 12-month sabbatical is over.

He told TVE in September: “Certainly I’ll be coaching again soon because it’s what I like doing and what I’ve done all my life.”

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His only top-level experience to date has come at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a coaching career which began within the youth set-up at Real Madrid eventually seeing him fill the first-team role.

Zidane enjoyed considerable success during his time with the Blancos, including a hat-trick of European triumphs, but he walked away at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Various positions have been mooted since then, with United considered to be among the more likely given their struggles under Mourinho.

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The Red Devils however, earned their current boss a stay of execution in their most recent outing.

Despite falling two goals down to Newcastle on home soil, Mourinho saw his side battle back to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory which has helped to ease some of the pressure which had been building on him.

Domestic football is now set to take a breather during the international break, so speculation regarding Zidane’s future should quieten down until another high-profile figure hits a bump in the road.

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