Manchester United fans have been dealt a blow in their wish to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after it emerged Zinedine Zidane has no interest in a Premier League job.
The Norwegian boss has come under intense pressure in recent weeks at Old Trafford after just two wins in seven games ahead of a run of fixtures that includes Liverpool, Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Atalanta twice in the Champions League.
Fans of the club have been vocal about their wish for him to be sacked to give United a chance to challenge for major trophies, with Frenchman Zidane one of the names at the top of their wishlist to replace him.
However it is now being reported that ‘Zizou’ has never been interested in taking a job in the Premier League and never will be.
That is according to French journalist Frederic Hermel, who is incredibly close to the legendary midfielder and works for French outlet RMC Sport.
Hermel has followed Zidane throughout his career and interviewed him on several occasions and is regarded as one of the only journalists that the former Real Madrid man really trusts.
He tweeted out that Zidane has never been interested in a Premier League move and never will be following rumours of an approach from Newcastle United, while Spanish outlet El Chringuito claimed that Manchester United had held informal conversations with him about taking over from Solskjaer.
But with Hermel now claiming that there is no interest, that should be the end of that such is his reliability in all things Zidane.
The news comes as a blow to United fans who were hopeful that he could take over from Solskjaer, with the 49-year-old by far the highest profile free agent available currently.
Other names to have been linked to the position are former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, Erik Ten Haag of Ajax, Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain and England boss Gareth Southgate.
Solskjaer has been given full confidence by the board so far despite the poor run of results and there is no suggestion from within the club that they are looking to replace him any time soon.