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The legendary former Real Madrid player and manager already has a glittering coaching CV, after leading Los Blancos to three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles across his two stints at the Bernabeu.
The 1998 World Cup winner is biding his time as a free agent, and the 49-year-old revealed that learning English is "important for his career," in what is being viewed as a boost for United's hopes in landing the Frenchman to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But Solskjaer remains in charge for now at least, and will be desperately targeting three points when the Red Devils return to action after the international break away at Watford on Saturday.
They will be buoyed by the Hornets' own inconsistent form this season, which has seen Claudio Ranieri's men lose four of their last five Premier League games. But the Hertfordshire side did turn on the style in an emphatic 5-2 win away at Everton in the midst of that run.
United are currently sixth in the Premier League table and are already nine points adrift of league leaders Chelsea after only 11 games played.
The games are set to come thick and fast for Solskjaer's side, with a crucial Champions League trip away at Villarreal to follow on Tuesday before a daunting match away at Chelsea a week on Sunday.
It could be a make-or-break period for the Norwegian, who is still under immense pressure at Old Trafford.