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Louis Saha identifies ‘perfect’ manager for Manchester United and makes Jadon Sancho prediction


Louis Saha has identified the ‘perfect’ next Manchester United manager (Picture: MUTV)

Louis Saha has identified the ‘perfect’ manager for Manchester United and backed struggling Red Devils summer signing Jadon Sancho to go on to have a ‘brilliant career’.

United are expected to appoint a new manager this summer after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November and putting Ralf Rangnick in interim charge of the side.

Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Antonio Conte have all been linked with the Premier League giants but Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the ‘best candidate’ available.

France legend Zidane led Real Madrid to three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles and has been out of work since leaving the Bernabeu for the second time in 2021.

‘I think it’s a difficult one, but of course as a French player, I think Zidane would be the perfect fit,’ Saha told Genting Casino.

‘Maybe Manchester United need to become more of an attractive proposition to get him – I don’t know. For me, Zidane is the best candidate.

‘As a manager, he would improve the confidence of some players. Look at what Zidane has won, not just as a player, but in management.

Ralf Rangnick will be replaced as manager this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘He has also has a history of developing young players and brought some to a level they never expected. I really like his profile and I think that he would do amazing things there.’

The fact Zidane does not speak English has been used as a stick to beat the French football legend but Saha believes he would be an ‘amazing success’ at Old Trafford despite this obstacle.

The former Manchester United striker added: ‘Maybe that is one aspect because he’s not well-known as a great communicator in English, but he knows that.

‘As I said, communication is so important for any manager so the players can understand his tactics and his philosophy.

‘If he doesn’t feel comfortable communicating in the English language, that could be a reason because its important. 

Saha believes Zinedine Zidane would be an ‘amazing success’ at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

‘The guy’s charisma speaks for itself. His pedigree as well, but maybe sometimes it’s not enough. I can’t speak for Zidane. 

‘What is certain – any manager coming in will have to find the right way to communicate, and, obviously, he will be helped, way more than the current manager, because of who he is.

‘If he were to join I feel confident he would be an amazing success.’

Saha, who spent five seasons at Old Trafford, also discussed England international Sancho’s struggles at his former club following a £73m summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho has only scored two goals for the Premier League giants and is yet to cement a place in United’s starting XI.

Jadon Sancho has endured a subdued first season at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Saha said: ‘He can definitely have a brilliant career. I think physically he is a little bit behind and that hasn’t helped his confidence.

‘That’s why sometimes when he is trying to be take players on and beat them, he hasn’t been able to do it. 

‘When you face challenges in your career, you must work hard. He shouldn’t doubt his ability – he needs to believe he can do it and hopefully, the United squad can help him too.

‘He needs to work hard. I think that the fans can see he’s talented and will give him the time he needs.

‘I don’t want to put him under any more pressure. He knows what he needs to do – he isn’t blind. I think physically more than anything, he hasn’t shown this sharpness yet.’

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