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Louis Saha urges Manchester United to appoint “perfect fit” Zinedine Zidane in the summer

By Ben Green

Louis Saha urges Manchester United to appoint “perfect fit” Zinedine Zidane in the summer

Published: 13:57, 27 January 2022

Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha believes Zinedine Zidane would be a “perfect fit” for the club.

Ralf Rangnick is currently interim manager but he is expected to step down at the end of the season and take up a consultancy role behind the scenes.

The German was drafted in following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the end of November, but hasn’t made the most convincing of starts.

Draws with Aston Villa and Newcastle, as well as a defeat to Wolves have put the early pressure on Rangnick, but he has responded in recent games.

A 1-0 win over West Ham at the weekend has moved the Red Devils back into the Premier League top four, leapfrogging the Hammers in the process.


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Still in the Champions League, Saha believes that no matter what happens this season, the makers and shakers at Old Trafford should move for Zidane in the summer.

“I think Zidane would be the perfect fit. Maybe Manchester United need to become more of an attractive proposition to get him – I don’t know. For me, Zidane is the best candidate,” Saha told Genting Casino.

“As a manager, he would improve the confidence of some players. Look at what Zidane has won, not just as a player, but in management.

“He has also has a history of developing young players and brought some to a level they never expected.

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“I really like his profile and I think that he would do amazing things there.”

Although Saha has lavished praise on his compatriot, he does believe the language barrier could be an obstacle when it comes to Zidane considering the position.

He continued: “Maybe that is one aspect because he’s not well-known as a great communicator in English, but he knows that.

“As I said, communication is so important for any manager so the players can understand his tactics and his philosophy.

“If he doesn’t feel comfortable communicating in the English language, that could be a reason because it’s important.

“The guy’s charisma speaks for itself. His pedigree as well, but maybe sometimes it’s not enough. I can’t speak for Zidane.

“What is certain – any manager coming in will have to find the right way to communicate, and, obviously, he will be helped, way more than the current manager, because of who he is.

“If he were to join I feel confident he would be an amazing success.”

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