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Zidane has 'firm offer' to manage United this summer - report

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Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane (R) and Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric

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ByTom Adams
19/12/2018 at 09:50 | Updated 19/12/2018 at 12:24
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Zinedine Zidane has a “firm offer” to become Manchester United’s new permanent manager, according to reports in the Spanish press.

United sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning it was confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

The focus on United’s prospective permanent appointment in the summer has mainly been around Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is known to be much admired by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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But Zidane has also been repeatedly linked with United after quitting as Real Madrid boss in the summer.

And in a report published before news of Solskjaer’s appointment was confirmed, Madrid-based paper AS says Woodward has made an approach to Zidane. The paper reports:

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is contemplating a firm offer from Manchester United to replace Jose Mourinho on the Old Teafford bench after the coach from Setubal was relieved of his duties on Tuesday. The French coach is still deliberating over the proposal and those close to the former player admit that Zidane's next planned career move was to manage a Premier League side although his intention was to return to the game for the 2019-20 season and not immediately as United's CEO Ed Woodward is requesting.

Zidane led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles and one Liga title during his time in charge of the Spanish giants.

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