Zinedine Zidane is widely regarded as the favorite to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of Manchester United.
An incredible 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday means that Solskjaer is unlikely to stay at Old Trafford for long, with the club now seventh in the league after a dreadful run of form that has included humiliating losses to Manchester City and Liverpool.
There is a case to be made for Zidane: he is unemployed and thus available, and he has an impressive pedigree as both a player and a coach thanks to his work with Real Madrid.
However, there are a number of indications that Zidane will not be the man to take Solskjaer’s place in the Old Trafford hot seat.
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Number 4: Zidane does not speak English well
At least not at a level that he is comfortable with. He believes that his language skills would be a significant barrier, making it difficult for him to communicate his ideas to the team. Of course, this hasn’t stopped Marcelo Bielsa from becoming a Leeds cult hero.
Number 3: Stress
Zidane has resigned from his position as Real Madrid manager twice, citing exhaustion and a desire to take a break from the game. He’s only been gone for six months, which is unlikely to be the type of vacation he was hoping for when he resigned in the summer.
Man United has an incredible statute that might pique Zidane’s interest if it weren’t for one job that he really wants coming up on the horizon…
Number 2: France
Didier Deschamps is set to step down as France’s head coach after the 2022 World Cup, and Zidane is widely expected to fill the void left by his former international teammate.
International football appears to be the ideal solution for a man who appears to want a better life than what is on offer at the top of the club game.
Number 1: Wife
Veronique Zidane is said to be unwilling to live in Manchester, which will stymie Zinedine’s move to the club. It is said that when Zidane was a player, he refused to move to Manchester United due to the weather. The Manchester way of life, then, is another important factor working against this move.