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Zidane among favorites to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United Manager

Former French International and Real Madrid player, Zinedine Zidane, is among favorites to become the next permanent Manchester United manager after Jose Mourinho was axed on today, 18th December 2108.

The Frenchman is currently out of work following his successful spell at Real Madridthat yielded three Champions League titles and is currently 2/1 to replace Mourinho on a long-term basis.

Mourinho was finally relieved of his duties after an abysmal start of the season with the club now expected to name a caretaker boss until the end of the campaign. Ex- United defender Laurent Blanc is said to be among the leading candidates to be named as the caretaker.

United hope to announce a caretaker within 48 hours. Current assistant Michael Carrick is not expected to take the role but sources say the appointment will be a man with strong links to the club.
 
Blanc is believed to have a great chance of getting the post until the end of the season. The Frenchman, who made 75 appearances in two seasons at Old Trafford, is a big friend of Sir Alex Ferguson and is available immediately.

The club will then turn their attention to finding Mourinho’s long-term replacement.
An extensive search will be carried out, with officials hoping for a long-term appointment who can ensure the club challenge for a Premier League title they have not won since 2013.

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