France international star Paul Pogba is reportedly desperate to play under Zinedine Zidane in the future, amid speculation he could become the next Manchester United manager.
The Premier League side, who defeated Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday in the English top-flight, have suffered an underwhelming start to the 2018-19 campaign, fuelling doubts over Jose Mourinho’s future at Old Trafford.
Pogba, 25, who has 60 international caps for his country, has scored two goals in four league outings for United so far this season.
The player himself has been linked with a move away from United, with FC Barcelona said to be chasing his signature.
The Sun claims the central midfielder is keen to play under his idol Zidane, who resigned as Real Madrid manager back in May, and he has been earmarked as a potential successor to Mourinho, should the ‘Special One’ leave The Theatre of Dreams.
Pogba grew up idolising fellow midfielder Zidane, but turned down the opportunity to be coached by his hero over two years ago when he decided to return to Old Trafford, rather than seal a transfer from Juventus to Madrid.
A United source told The Sun, “Paul grew up with Zidane as his hero and would like to play for him at some stage in his career.
“He could have back at Real, but he felt he had unfinished business at United and their interest only came along very late in the day.
“Paul has a similar all action style to Zidane and a lot of what he days was off the back of watching him and learning from him.”
Pogba has scored 17 goals and provided 18 assists in 99 appearances in all competitions for the club over two spells, having become United’s club record signing following his £89m re-signing from Juve back in August 2016.
Valued at £81m, the midfielder is contracted at Old Trafford until June 2021.