Sir Alex Ferguson has made his admiration for Zinedine Zidane no secret.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under intense pressure at Manchester United after his side suffered an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend and the club's hierarchy have been considering his future.

As things stand, Solskjaer will be in charge of the club when they play Tottenham on Saturday evening, though.

That hasn't stopped a plethora of managerial names being liked with replacing Solskjaer and naturally Zidane, who has been regularly linked with the manager role at Old Trafford over the years, is one of the candidates among the bookmakers' favourites.

Ferguson always wanted to sign Zidane across his time at the helm of United and he's famously quoted as once saying: "Give me ten planks of wood and Zidane and I will win the Champions League”.

Tony Cascarino has now revealed that Ferguson did actually try to poach Zidane for United, albeit not in normal circumstances.

"What some managers do, and I’ll tell you Fergie was the king at this," Cascarino told talkSPORT

"He’d always somehow find a way to send a message to somebody. I was in a dressing room and met Sir Alex in Marseille.

"He was my manager for a day in a testimonial, I’m in a dressing room as he says to me, ‘how’s your French?’

“I said, ‘it’s okay’, and he said to me, ‘have a word [for me] with the number ten’ and that number ten happened to be Zinedine Zidane!”