Zidane: Why I'd turn down Man Utd job

English Premier League

Zinedine Zidane has revealed why he would turn down the managerial role at Manchester United.  

The Frenchman, who has been without a club since leaving Real Madrid in June 2021, was widely linked with a move to the Red Devils before they eventually decided to hire Erik ten Hag as their latest permanent manager in April.  

At the time, reports suggested that the three-time UEFA Champions League-winning manager rejected a move to the Premier League giants as he only had eyes for the France national team job.  

However, Zidane has now revealed another reason why he would think twice before making a move to the Premier League. 

"The language, for example. Some conditions make things more difficult," the former Los Blancos boss told L'Equipe.  

"When I'm told: 'Do you want to go to Manchester?' I understand English but I don't fully master it.  

"I know there are coaches who go to clubs without speaking the language. But I work differently.

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"To win, many elements come into play. It is a global context.

"I know what I need to win. And I want to put everything on my side to optimise victory." 

It was previously claimed that Ten Hag had taken English lessons in preparation for the Red Devils job, but the 52-year-old later denied this, stating that being fluent in English is normal in the Netherlands due to the number of foreign players in the league.   

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