Zinedine Zidane had previously indicated interest in becoming manager of Manchester United.
Manchester United now know Zinedine Zidane’s thoughts on Erik ten Hag’s replacement. The Frenchman was a target for the Red Devils previously, but it appears he has no future aspirations to coach the club.
Zinedine Zidane will not succeed Erik ten Hag as manager of Manchester United (Image: GETTY)
Ten Hag has only been president of United for five months. There is no indication that his time at the club will be brief.
Despite finishing fifth in the Premier League rankings, Manchester United has made noticeable progress. After a rocky start to the season, Ten Hag has overseen victories over Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham.
Only a poor run of form between now and the end of the season would call the Dutchman’s future into question. If that happens, Zidane cannot be ruled out as a prospective successor.
The former France midfielder is interested in returning to club management, according to the French newspaper L’Equipe. Although Zidane was holding out for a spot on the French national team, it appears that Didier Deschamps will accept a new contract following Sunday’s World Cup final loss to Argentina.
Deschamps’ new deal may keep him in charge past the 2026 World Cup. As a result, Zidane is weighing his options for taking over at a new club.
However, despite improving his English, he only wants to manage in leagues he is familiar with and will not enter the Premier League. Zidane has only managed Real Madrid twice, winning three Champions League titles.
Erik ten Hag has been tasked with resolving on-field concerns at Manchester United (Image: EXPRESS)
Thus, he is familiar with La Liga, but he wants to join a team that will compete for major awards right away. Apart from Real Madrid, Barcelona is Spain’s only club in that category, and he has little chance of joining them.
The French league is an obvious option, and PSG were interested in Zidane after Mauricio Pochettino left in the summer. However, according to L’Equipe, the 50-year-old is dissatisfied with PSG’s current structure.
Zidane spent five years as a player with Juventus in Serie A, so perhaps Italy could be an option for him to pass the time while waiting for Deschamps to retire. However, it is clear that if United replaces Ten Hag, Zidane will be unable to compete.
Many major players’ contracts have been extended at Manchester United, with one more set to be extended in January
Manchester United have triggered many of its stars’ one-year contract extensions and are presently talking with another to keep them at Old Trafford next season.
Manchester United have extended the contracts of Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot, and Fred, and are in talks with goalkeeper David de Gea about a new contract that would reduce his base salary from around £300,000 per week, according to the Guardian.
These moves are especially noteworthy for United because they occur just before the January transfer window.
The players would have been free to negotiate with overseas teams if Manchester City had not renewed their contracts.
Rashford will continue to play for Manchester United.
Man United boss Erik ten Hag prioritizes Rashford, Shaw, Dalot, and De Gea, while Fred is a valuable bench player.
The Red Devils are looking for a new striker, and names such as PSV’s Cody Gakpo have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.