Zinedine Zidane has explained why he has never once considered managing Manchester United – and has quoshed a popular misconception made about him in the process.
The France legend is regarded as one of the best players of the last 50 years. In a staggering career, Zidane won 12 honours during his time at Juventus and Real Madrid. And he also helped France to World Cup and European Championship glory, during his glittering 108-cap career.
A beautiful player on the eye, his long long of individual honours and gongs is simply too lengthy to mention.
His management career has seemingly been even more successful too. To this day he remains the only coach to win the Champions League in three successive seasons.
Those three triumphs, with Real Madrid, also saw him help Los Blancos to two Primera Liga titles too.
As such, it’s no surprise to see him frequently mentioned as a possible target for Manchester United.
Indeed, Zidane has on multiple occasions been linked with the Red Devils vacancy, most recently last November. That came after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in the wake of a shambolic 4-1 loss at Watford.
At the time, Zidane looked a decent option to take the job, with a report stating the conditions he had set the club.
United ultimately opted for Ralf Rangnick in an interim role, before Erik ten Hag was handed the reins on a permanent basis.
Now Zidane – on the day the legend turns 50 – has opened up on why the United job was never an option for him.
Lack of English not a reason behind Man Utd snub
Furthermore, he has also moved to shatter the myth that he does not speak English and that is a barrier for him moving to England.
Speaking to Marca, Zidane stated: “Would I want to go to Manchester [United]? I understand English, but I’m not completely fluent in it.
“I know that there are coaches who go to clubs without speaking the language, but I work in a different way. Many elements come into play in order to win, it is a global context. I know what I need to win.”
Zidane goes on to explain that there are only “two or three” jobs in world football he could consider. That would likely rule him out of a future Premier League move, with Juventus, PSG, the France national job or even a third spell at Real Madrid in his thinking.
Speaking to Telefoot earlier this week, Zidane hints he’s now ready to make a return to coaching.
“Am I still able to contribute things as a coach? Yes, many things, or I think at least some!
“I want to continue with that career because I still have the desire. It is my passion. I am 50 years old, fulfilled, I’m happy, that’s the most important thing.”
Zinedine Zidane to Man Utd not meant to be
Anyone who saw Zidane play can count themselves among the lucky ones. Widely regarded as being in the top 10 players of all time, he was so fluent on the ball. Indeed, he was capable of doing things many of his teammates could only dream about.
And having earned a grand reputation as a coach too, he can certainly afford to pick and choose his opportunities.
Clearly a move to United is not on the agenda any time soon with Ten Hag signing a three-year deal. That deal also contains the option of a fourth year, if successful.
And it looks highly unlikely we will ever get to see Zinedine Zidane in the dug out at Old Trafford, unless as a visiting coach.