Manchester United star Raphael Varane made it clear how much he rated Zinedine Zidane following their successful spell at Real Madrid together, hinting he would love to play under him again
Raphael Varane has already given his verdict on Zinedine Zidane amid reports Manchester United have approached the former Real Madrid manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford remains in doubt after a dismal start to the season for the Red Devils.
Zidane is one of the favourites to succeed the Norwegian if the Red Devils yield the axe after leaving Madrid in the summer.
The Frenchman is currently out of work as he weighs up his next move.
And it’s claimed that United have contacted Zidane to try and convince him to take the job.
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Zidane’s track record of winning silverware means United know they would have a quality manager at their disposal.
But how he treats his players is something that goes unnoticed, according to Varane, as the United centre-half praised his “human side.”
Varane made it clear how much he rated his compatriot following their successful spell at the Bernabeu together, hinting he would love to play under Zidane in the future should the opportunity arise.
He said: “My first reaction is that I feel proud for the last ten years,” he said when quizzed on Zidane earlier in the year.
“I have learned a lot alongside him.
“He is a coach that has a human side.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is another player Zidane would have previous with if he made the move to Manchester.
And the Portugal star has given his blessing on the appointment too as he spoke highly of his former boss.
He said: “The confidence that a player needs doesn’t only come from himself but also from the players around him and the coach.
“You need to feel like you are an important part of the group and Zidane made me feel special.
“He helped me a lot. I already had a lot of respect for him but working with him made me admire him more.
“That’s because of what he’s like as a person, how he talks, how he led the team and how he treated me.”
Gary Neville believes his former club will stick by Solskjaer until the end of the season and hit the reset button, however.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s not a board that has experience of winning trophies. You look right through to recruitment, the CEO or decision-makers – none of them have had success in winning titles. There’s an element of not knowing what to do.
“They will be very unsure what to do because in the past that same group of people have sacked managers after eight months in David Moyes, they sacked a manager after winning the FA Cup, they sacked Mourinho after giving him a new contract and not backing him in the transfer market. I suspect a real yo-yo in their minds and they haven’t got the experience to deal with it.
“Ed Woodward leaves the club in a month apparently, who’s going to take over? They haven’t got the football experience and there’s not as good as Man City and Liverpool off the pitch either.
“Ole is a function of what’s happening in the club and my view at the moment is a new manager could come in and end up the exact same that’s why I think United have to resurrect this season and then re-set at this point.”