How could Zinedine Zidane set up Manchester United if he replaced Jose Mourinho as manager? The France legend won the Champions League a record three times in a row as Real Madrid manager and could bring the glory days back to Old Trafford, not seen since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. If Zidane were to take over at Old Trafford, what would he need to do to bring back to Manchester.
Zidane took over from Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid manager in January 2016. In his first season as manager, the French tactician guided Real Madrid to a historic 11th Champions League title. Zidane implemented a attractive, flexible 4-3-3 with Casemiro holding in midfield and Luka Modric & Toni Kroos dictating the play. The goals that season came from Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 16 goals in the Champions League with Bale and Benzema providing support in a devastating front 3. In his second season in charge, Zizou won the double piping Barcelona to the La Liga title and beating Italian giants Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final. Zidane slightly tweaked his formation in the second season moving from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 diamond to exploit the 4-4-2, the most popular system in the competition that year. The Frenchman became the first ever manager to retain the Champions League with Real Madrid. Zidane made it three in his final season reverting back to the 4-3-3 and beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the final inspired by Marcelo and Gareth Bale.
The former Juventus playmaker would instantly gain respect of the Manchester United dressing room and would look to build his team around Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, two of United’s key players. Zidane would implement a fluid 4-3-3 gear to create for a potential front 3 of Leon Bailey, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. But could also switch to a 4-4-2 diamond with Angel Gomes as a ten. Manchester United have been linked with a number of players as the January transfer window gets in sight. Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie De Jong, Wilfred Ndidi and Leon Bailey would be perfect signings for Zidane to impose his attractive attacking style of football at Old Trafford.