Jose Mourinho’s recent pre-season meltdown has not gone unnoticed at Manchester United.
Despite the powers-that-be making their support for their manager clear, tensions continue to remain high in the boardroom such that talks of a possible replacement are already taking place.
The Sun are reporting that the club already has a replacement on the agenda, and he is a high profile name to say the very least. The man to take Mourinho’s place, if it ever happens, is Zinedine Zidane.
The Frenchman shocked the world earlier this year, after he announced his decision to depart from Real Madrid after winning a hat-trick of Champions League crowns, a feat that no manager has ever pulled off.
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Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui was hastily announced as his replacement at Los Blancos’ helm, but the future of Zizou continues to remain uncertain. On the other hand, after Mourinho’s recent rant against the United higher-ups, it now appears that the club is worried that their team gaffer won’t last until the end of his contract, and are therefore, ready with Plan B.
Mourinho alleged that he had shortlisted five players that he wanted at the club, but wasn’t given what he asked for, raising questions over the relationship between the historic club and their Portuguese manager.
Even now, Mourinho reckons he may not get the two players he feels he needs to revitalize the squad before the new season begins.
It is no secret that the Red Devils have suffered severe injury woes as of late, and face the added problem of having a squad consisting of several players who played a big part in their countries’ World Cup campaign, resulting in many of them not returning so far.
Time keeps ticking, however, as the new season begins on August 10, when Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford.