The iconic Frenchman is thought to be viewed by the Old Trafford hierarchy as the ideal candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but could prove difficult to persuade
Zinedine Zidane as a player was defined by two World Cup finals and as a coach by three Champions League wins.
He speaks five languages – including Arabic and Berber – and has played in France, Italy and Spain.
But the closest the Frenchman has come to English football is playing alongside David Beckham at Real Madrid and scoring two injury-time goals against the Three Lions at Euro 2004.
And Manchester United will have to persuade Zidane and his wife Veronique to leave Madrid and learn a new language before he turns 50 next year instead of potentially taking the France job.
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There is no doubt signing the 1998 Ballon D’Or winner would be a huge coup for the Old Trafford club.
A national hero in France, he has a worldwide reputation and a proven record of playing attacking football managing superstars like Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at Real Madrid.
And he is immediately available after leaving the Real Madrid job for the second time in May.
His former France team-mate Patrice Evra told BBC 5Live: “I would be very, very happy to see Zizou. It would be great.”
But when Zidane was first linked with the Old Trafford job in 2018, his agent Alain Migliaccio said: “I do not think that he will manage in England. It is much less his style. I have discussed it with him, it does not really attract him.”
Zidane scored twice in the 1998 World Cup final and after retiring from national service in 2004, he returned to be named the Player of the Tournament in 2006 even after his dismissal for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the final.
The France job could be available in 13 months if his former team-mate Didier Deschamps leaves the job after the Qatar World Cup.
The former Chelsea midfielder, now 53, has been in the job since 2012 and has a contract until the end of next year.
“I may continue after 2022 with the agreement of my president,” he said in May.
Another 1998 World Cup winner and former France boss- ex-Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc – would be a simpler solution for the Old Trafford club.