Real Madrid Maestro Poised to Take Over from Under-Fire Erik ten Hag, Outlines Key Role for Defender Varane in United’s Revival
As Manchester United grapples with a challenging period marked by a string of disappointing performances, Zinedine Zidane has reportedly set out his vision for the club, particularly concerning French defender Raphael Varane, if he takes over from the under-pressure Erik ten Hag.
United’s recent 4-3 loss to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League has intensified the scrutiny on Ten Hag, with growing pressure for a change in leadership at Old Trafford. While criticisms have been directed at the Dutchman’s decisions and team selections, some observers acknowledge broader issues within the team.
Zidane, the legendary figure from Real Madrid and French football, is emerging as the favorite candidate to replace Ten Hag. Zidane enjoyed two successful managerial stints at the Bernabeu but has been without a managerial role since leaving Real Madrid for the second time in 2021.
Key to Zidane’s potential plans for Manchester United is the role earmarked for Raphael Varane, a player who played a crucial part under Zidane during both of his spells at Real Madrid. Varane, who joined Real Madrid from Lens in 2011, was notably courted by Manchester United earlier in his career. However, the decision to sign Phil Jones in his position swayed Varane towards Real Madrid.
Zidane’s influence in Varane’s career trajectory is evident, with the French defender expressing that seeing Jose Mourinho was pivotal in his decision to reject Manchester United and opt for Madrid. Zidane, actively involved in Varane’s transfer, described the player as akin to the legendary Laurent Blanc – fast, intelligent, and a significant presence on the field.
Despite subsequent interest from Manchester United during Mourinho’s tenure, Varane chose to remain at the Bernabeu, citing Zidane’s pivotal role as a deciding factor.
Now, with Zidane potentially taking the reins at Manchester United, it is becoming apparent that Varane would be a linchpin in the legendary midfielder’s plans for the club. The prospect of a Zidane-Varane reunion is generating intrigue among fans and pundits alike as the managerial landscape at Old Trafford remains in flux.
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