The tumultuous summer around Old Trafford got a whole lot worse after the start of the new Premier League campaign for the Red Devils.
Sitting tenth in the table with six points after four games is far from Manchester United standards, and the resulting pressure on manager Jose Mourinho is telling.
Amid rampant speculation that the sack is just moments away, the United brass remain defiant, and have largely supported their Portuguese club boss through this trying time.
But with Zinedine Zidane lying in wait, it might be an opportunity too big to pass up.
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The Frenchman has already shown his skills as manager at Real Madrid, and is eyeing the United job, and may well have identified the players he wants at Old Trafford if he lands the high-profile post. The Mirror claim that Zidane has told friends that a list of names is on the cards should he make the jump to Manchester.
The front-runners appear to be Toni Kroos from Real Madrid and Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, with Bayern loanee James Rodriguez also mentioned in the report.
Zidane has worked with both Kroos and Rodriguez during his time at Real Madrid, and is a big fan of Thiago’s work in midfield.
Pressure is clearly mounting on current United boss Jose Mourinho, and despite the club supporting him as of now, another string of poor results could change things very quickly.
Moreover, the rumours from the dressing room suggest a coup might not be far, and players aren’t willing to give their best for the manager who has often snubbed his own lads and publicly called them out for non-performance.
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are currently the likely candidates to look elsewhere for continuing their careers, but many could follow suit if the reign of Mourinho goes on the way it has been.