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Zinedine Zidane explains why he never took Man Utd job before Erik ten Hag appointment


Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to discuss becoming the new Manchester United manager over the language barrier. The French football icon was one of the high-profile names under consideration to be appointed by the Red Devils’ hierarchy. 

Erik ten Hag won the job following a six-month search for a permanent boss. The Dutchman has stepped into the role after Ralf Rangnick departed having been in interim charge until the end of the 2021-22 campaign. 

Zidane and former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino had been the favourites to be appointed following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal last November. However, Zidane pulled out of discussions early in the recruitment process, while United seemed concerned by the astronomical compensation fee owed to Paris Saint Germain if they wanted to appoint Pochettino. 

And former France captain Zidane, who is not fluent in English, has revealed that the language barrier would have been an issue had he taken the job. A priority high on Ten Hag’s agenda is to restore the winning culture cultivated at Old Trafford by the legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson. 

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