Emmanuel Petit has claimed that Zinedine Zidane is « learning English » as he is closely linked with Manchester United.
The Red Devils have had a poor start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, slipping to sixth in the Premier League table after matchdays 11, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils have already suffered four defeats and it has been suggested that Solskjaer is on bail, with former Real Madrid manager Zidane among the candidates for the Norwegian’s succession.
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What was said?
Petit, who played alongside Zidane with the French national team, claims his compatriot has taken English lessons as he continues to seek his next managerial role.
However, the former Arsenal midfielder does not believe Zidane is on the list to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford, as he told bookmakers.co.uk: « Communication is very important so if you don’t speak the language when you come to a club like Manchester United it could be a big problem. »
« I’ve been told he’s learned English recently so I think he knows it’s important for his career, but Zinedine is linked with Manchester United – I don’t believe him, to be honest.
« Sure he’s a big name, but he’s never played in the Premier League and has very little connection to her, so like I said, I can’t believe it. »
Who else has been linked with United?
Ajax tactician Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain and former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick have also been cited as potential candidates for the United job, as have Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City.
However, Rodgers appeared to be excluding himself from the race when asked about the speculation at his last press conference, telling reporters: « There are two things. First, it’s really disrespectful to ask the question when you have a manager [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] in place, a good manager and a good man, who works for the club.
« Secondly, I can’t really comment on this because it’s something that’s not real. »
It has also been reported that United could stay with Solskjaer until at least the end of the season, having handed him a new three-year contract in August.