Man United have spoken to Laurent Blanc about the vacant managerial position…
The Glazers and Manchester United have a big decision to make. And it’s a move they simply have to get 100% correct after failed hires in the past.
In the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era we’ve been nothing but a mess. That has to change, which is why I don’t mind United taking their time over this one and getting in an interim boss in the meantime.
All sorts of names have been linked with the vacancy, with the latest story coming from Football Insider. They throw Laurent Blanc into the mix.
Apparently, United have held ‘preliminary talks’ with the 4-time league winning manager about taking charge.
Blanc has won Ligue 1 once with Bordeaux, before completing a hat-trick of titles in the same division with Paris Saint-Germain.
The ex-Red Devils centre-back is ‘highly regarded’ by the United hierarchy, while also having an excellent relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.
A source has told FI that Blanc has been sounded out to ascertain his interests in taking control at Old Trafford until the end of the campaign. To add further fuel to the fire, Blanc has been told he could be given the role permanently should he do an ‘excellent’ job.
Blanc is currently working in Qatar after a four-year managerial absence, with United told they’ll have to pay compensation should the Frenchman want the role.
The 56-year-old has a pretty impressive CV, while also having a clear and direct plan in terms of how he operates. There’s no doubt that in the short term, this could be a shrewd move. I’m not sure there’s any way he’d stay beyond next summer, though.
United need someone like this to come in, do a steady job and try to ensure a top-four finish, before handing over the baton to someone with a multi-year plan in place.
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