Mark Hughes has told talkSPORT he is eager to return to the dugout, saying he is ‘always looking for the next opportunity’.

The Welshman has been out of management since leaving Southampton in December 2018 and is eager to get back in the game.

Hughes has vast experience in the game, both as a player and manager

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Hughes has vast experience in the game, both as a player and manager

According to the Daily Mail, the 56-year-old could be a contender to take charge of Burnley in the summer.

It is claimed current boss Sean Dyche is ready to leave the Lancashire club after a breakdown in his relationship with chairman Mike Garlick.

And while he didn’t comment on the Dyche rumours, Hughes told talkSPORT host Jim White he is keen to take another job.

“Yeah of course, that’s what I’ve always done,” he said, when asked if he wants to get back into football.

“It’s my life, football has been my life ever since I joined Manchester United when I was a 13-year-old.

“I’m not at the point where I feel I’m finished with the game, or the game is finished with me, so I’ve always looking for the next opportunity.”

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Hughes joined talkSPORT on Thursday to offer his reaction to former club United’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Sheffield United, which moved the Red Devils to within two points of the top-four.

It was a superb team performance from the Red Devils, who are now 13 games unbeaten, with Anthony Martial stealing the spotlight by scoring all three goals.

Incredibly, it was United’s first Premier League hat-trick for SEVEN YEARS, since Robin van Persie’s trio against Aston Villa in April 2013, but Hughes was unaware of that fact when he joined Jim White for a chat.

And the former United goal hero couldn’t believe it had been that long.

Martial came up with the goods at an empty Old Trafford

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Martial came up with the goods at an empty Old Trafford

The Welshman added: “Goodness me, I wasn’t aware of that! That’s a bit of a damning statistic, it accounts for the ills of Manchester united over the last few years.

“That’s the challenge to Martial now, I think, to do it more often.

“He’s always had that potential. He’s a young guy who’s been trying to find his way in a Manchester United shirt.

“I feel he’s taken on a bit more responsibility now, he needed to do that, and I think he’s enjoying playing with the two guys either side of them, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

“There’s a lot of interchange in positions and I think that’s the way Martial likes to play, he doesn’t like to be just stuck in the middle of the park.

“I was very impressed with him, he worked his socks off, got his reward with the goals and it looked like he was enjoying his game more than maybe he usually does.”






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