Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has given his former club little chance to challenge for the Premier League title this season, and said Jose Mourinho's men seemed confused on the pitch in their league-opening 2-0 victory against Leicester on Friday.
Instead Zidane will instead take a year off to relax following the mental stress he was under at Real Madrid.
According to the newspaper, the 1998 World Cup victor could end his sabbatical early to replace the Portuguese tactician, whom he worked with briefly during his time at Los Blancos.
Between 1993 and 2013, Scholes made 718 appearances for United, scoring 155 goals and winning 25 major honours. That Mourinho will be sacked before the season is over is a notion many subscribe to; that Mourinho can deliver a Premier League title is a claim most believe to be fantasy.
Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup in his first term at Manchester United and finished second in the Premier League behind a dominant Manchester City side last season while also losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea, but club bosses are not concerned about any possible disruption in his third year at Old Trafford.
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This is despite finishing 19 points behind Manchester City.
Zinedine Zidane is interested in managing Manchester United and wants to succeed Jose Mourinho as early as next season, according to reports.
Diego Godin was an alternative, but the move was never seen as viable, while Jerome Boateng was also linked with the club but the figures were not right for United given his recent injury record.
"What he and [Lionel] Messi have done is just different, I don't think you'll see it again".
The Red Devils gaffer voiced his concerns after failing to land key players in the transfer market and looks dissatisfied with United's transfer activities and current squad.