‘Management wise, he’s one of the best…’ Louis Saha tells the Manchester United board who to appoint as the club’s next permanent manager

Manchester United legend Louis Saha has urged the Manchester United board to appoint former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as the club’s next permanent boss.

The club is looking for a replacement for the departed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and have been linked with a plethora of elite managers.

Michael Carrick is currently in charge of the club as interim manager with a permanent boss set to then take over at the end of the season.

The likes of former Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag are all being heavily linked with the role.

But Saha, who played 86 times for the Red devils between 2004 and 2008, has admitted he was not happy to see former United striker, Solskjaer leave Old Trafford, but has backed former France international teammate and compatriot Zidane for the United job.


“I was very sad [when Solskjaer was sacked], he showed that he is a good manager during his time in charge. Ultimately, he was not able to deliver exactly what the fans wanted to see and, in some ways, perhaps he was too stubborn from changing some of his methods,” Saha told Metro.co.uk on behalf of 101greatgoals.com.

“It’s so hard in that position though with that much pressure. In the end, when you lose against Liverpool and Watford the way they did there’s probably no other outcome. He will still do his best to support the club, but I feel for him.

“In terms of the next manager, there is speculation on Pochettino, [Ernesto] Valverde and Zidane amongst others.

“They are all big names, but my personal choice would be Zidane due to his pedigree as a manager, not just because he was a great player – that’s not enough alone.

“Management wise, he’s one of the best, one of the only world class players to become a world class manager.

“He’d be the obvious choice in my eyes, but he’s not publicly made any statement and reportedly those close to him said he was not interested.

“It’s not the most promising in that respect but who knows.

“I know he wants to win; he wants to take over great challenges and United is a perfect place to progress as a manager. He’d be great for the Premier League if he joined.”

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