Zidane would be perfect as Man Utd manager and Pogba should only stay if agent stops flirting with transfers, says Saha

LOUIS SAHA is adamant former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane would be a perfect fit at Manchester United.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for a permanent boss in the summer with Ralf Rangnick only appointed on an interim deal until the end of the season.

It was reported earlier in the week how United had drawn up a four-man shortlist that included Paris Saint-Germain's Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax's Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique of Spain and Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.

But Saha, who won two Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time at Old Trafford, believes his French compatriot Zidane should be in the running.

Saha said: "I think it’s a difficult one, but of course as a French player, 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.

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

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When asked if Zizou's limited grasp of English could put him off, Saha toldGenting Casino: "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 its 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. 


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"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."

Saha then commented on Paul Pogba's future, with the midfielder set to become a free agent in the summer.

But Saha has stated he must only extend his stay at United if certain conditions, with one being his agent Mino Raiola must stop discussing a potential exit.

Raiola declared last month how the 2018 World Cup winner has 'many offers' from clubs who are looking to snap him up.

Discussing whether he would like Pogba to sign a new contract, Saha insisted: "Yes, but with certain conditions.

"If he were to sign, I would want him to be completely focussed on the team and his performances and not hear anything from him or his agent about moving to a different club in the future.

"I would love to see him being happy, because when this guy is happy he’s such an amazing player!"

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