A LOOK BACK: Zinedine Zidane has been linked with the Man Utd manager’s job amid pressure to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – but Sir Alex Ferguson already failed to tempt him to Old Trafford as player
Manchester United are being linked to Zinedine Zidane – and that is a story which dates right back to his early days as a player.
The latest reports suggest the Frenchman is in no rush to jump back into management if an opening at Old Trafford arises.
The Red Devils are reportedly set to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for this weekend’s game against Spurs.
But his position is under threat after Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of rivals Liverpool.
Antonio Conte has been tipped as a front-runner whilst Zidane is another name in the mix given he is currently out of work having left Real Madrid for a second time.
And Zidane’s name has been linked with United plenty of times in the past.
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Sir Alex Ferguson was famously once quoted as saying: “Give me ten planks of wood and Zidane and I will win the Champions League”.
And in an effort to make that dream a reality, he once called on the help of Tony Cascarino to try and poach a young Zidane at a charity game.
Zidane was playing in his native France at the time but was taking part in a testimonial in which Ferguson was in the opposite dugout.
And ex-Chelsea striker Cascarino, who was then playing at Marseille, has previously recalled how Zidane caught Ferguson’s eye.
Cascarino told talkSPORT: “I was in a dressing room and met Sir Alex in Marseille, he was my manager for a day in a testimonial, I’m in a dressing room as he says to me, ‘how’s your French?’.
“I said, ‘it’s ok’, and he said to me, ‘have a word with the number ten’ and that number ten happened to be Zinedine Zidane!”
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Unfortunately for Ferguson, Cascarino was not able to do the trick and convince Zidane to join Manchester United.
And it seems that move is unlikely to materialise over two decades later in a managerial capacity.
Zidane won the Champions League three years in a row during his first stint as Real Madrid manager.
But his second spell was less successful before departing at the end of last year and he seems content to wait for the France national team job to open up for his route back into the dugout.