Zinedine Zidane rebuffing ‘interest’ from Manchester United might prove better for the Old Trafford giants when it comes to their long-term plans.
That’s the message from Liverpool great, John Barnes, who suggests that the former Real Madrid manager ‘doesn’t do’ what is required at United right now.
After coming under intense pressure, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by United and key figures in the boardroom were, initially, planning on appointing an interim until the end of this season.
That all changed when Mauricio Pochettino hinted at unrest with current club Paris Saint-Germain amid comments he made about his level of control.
PSG are understood to have already knocked back one approach for the Argentine coach – who was incidentally in Manchester on Tuesday night when his star-studded team featuring Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, were beaten 2-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Pochettino is a preferred candidate to replace Solskjaer on a permanent basis – though that would-be appointment requires a jaw-dropping £10million in compensation.
Zidane has, in turn, been earmarked by PSG in the event of that unfolding now or at the end of the campaign.
Speaking as part of a promotion for Bonus Code Bets, pundit and Liverpool favourite John Barnes said: “Zinedine Zidane not wanting to come to Manchester United has nothing to do with United. Zidane doesn’t want to go to a club that is not the best, the most powerful and the richest.
“There’s a rebuilding project at Manchester United and, right now, they’re worse than Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City. If he went to United, he would have a different proposition compared to that of Real Madrid or PSG who have much more money than everybody else.”
Barnes added: “He’s not the type of manager to go and build something. He wants to go somewhere where they’ve the most money, the best players and he doesn’t have to coach them – that’s what happened Real Madrid.
“It’s not a question of Zidane turning down United for any other reason. I’m not surprised he doesn’t want to go to United in contrast to Pochettino, who can work with players and make the team better. Zidane doesn’t do that, he goes to a club which is already the best and has the best players.
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“If a club needs a manager to turn the team around, Zidane is not that type of manager.
“It’s not a slight on Manchester United, Zidane doesn’t do that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pochettino came to United and Zidane went to PSG at the end of the season. PSG will win the league, with or without Zidane, but United need more than just a figurehead, they need someone to come in and work.”
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