Zinedine Zidane, who is understood to be the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, has reportedly called his counterpart – here is the suggested reason why.
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The Frenchman left Real Madrid at the end of the 2017/18 campaign after winning nine titles – including three successive UEFA Champions League maglie calcio titles – in just two and a half years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane has since been on a sabbatical, but recently stated that he will soon coach again. He is considered by many to be the favourite to succeed Mourinho at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese coach having come under pressure following his side’s poor start to the new season and his public tug-of-war with Paul Pogba.
After United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham United, reports suggested that the Premier League side had already contacted Zidane.
However, according to English publication The Sun, the France legend gave Mourinho a call because he was worried his managerial colleague would think he is plotting behind his back and putting more pressure on his shoulders.
Zidane apparently explained to the former Chelsea boss that all that happened was arsenal fotballdrakter his representatives had asked him if he would be interested in the United job.
Subsequently, though, it has been claimed Zidane’s call left Mourinho convinced that United’s chiefs, including vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have sounded out the Frenchman’s agents and are making contingency plans ahead of his potential sacking.
Mourinho will have a chance to silence his critics when his side host Valencia in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
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