Zinedine Zidane best choice for Manchester United, believes former striker Saha

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 24, 2018, 07.58 PM(IST)

File photo of Zinedine Zidane. Photograph:( Reuters )

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United are on the hunt for a permanent replacement for manager Mourinho, who was sacked by the Premier League giants last week. 

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha on Monday said that Zinedine Zidane will be the best choice to replace Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

United are on the hunt for a permanent replacement for manager Mourinho, who was sacked by the Premier League giants last week. 

For the time being, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped in on a caretaker basis until the end of the season. 

Zidane – who led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before leaving the LaLiga side ahead of the 2018-19 season – has also been linked.

In an interview, Saha backed former France teammate Zidane. 

"For me, I am a supporter of Zidane in relation to the man," Saha said. "He was an exceptional player, the coach, there is no equivalent.

"In communication, he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it's incredible. He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence. At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It's huge," he added.

"For me it's the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we're going to give him time," he concluded. 

Solskjaer led United to a 5-1 rout of Cardiff City on Saturday to remain sixth but only eight points adrift of the Champions League places ahead of their Boxing Day meeting at home to Huddersfield Town.