Laurent Blanc is in the running for the permanent job but the former Manchester United man reveals he was contacted by the club in 2014.
Manchester United have gone through a fair share of managers in the Porst-Ferguson Era. The Premier League giants oversaw Moyes, Van Gaal and Mourinho before entrusting in Solskjaer’s hand until the end of the season. They are expected to make a permanent appointment in the summer. Laurent Blanc, who is among the names being thrown around, has come out and spoken about how he was contacted by the club before they narrowed down on Louis van Gaal.
There were discussions, he reveals
It was during his time in Paris that a United director got in touch with Laurent Blanc to discuss the possibility of replacing Moyes. The ill-fated reign of the Scotsman had only lasted 10 months. “I had a call from a director, I’d prefer not to say who, and some discussion,” Blanc told The Times. “But I was in Paris so it was very difficult for me. We kept in touch but they went with [Louis] Van Gaal in the end.”
He further went on to reveal that managing in England was his ambition after finishing his stint at Paris. “Managing in England is a big ambition. It’s more difficult if you go to a foreign country. You need to be very good, not just good. But I know the job. I have big experience at Paris. It’s difficult for me to go to another club in France. I want a different challenge in England, Spain or Italy. I played in those countries, I know them. So I keep going to games and I see what calls come in.”
Neymar injury worrying for PSG
The former PSG manager expessed concerns over the chances of his former employers’ Champions League hopes. He stressed that the injury crisis faced by the Parisians, expecially Neyamr, might come in the way of their European ambitions.
“There are no favourites. Things have re-balanced since the draw. These are two great clubs, with great players. The injury to Neymar worries me because Neymar is a world-class player and PSG are less good without Neymar. But they have to be convinced that even without Neymar they can beat Manchester United… For two or three years now, PSG are one of the four teams who could win the Champions’ League.”
Blanc is an experienced manager who enjoyed a hugely successful playing career in his home country and abroad. Blanc always wants his side to dominate the ball. This is emphasised by the fact that Bordeaux and PSG had the highest possession in Ligue 1 during his time as manager. His teams have always been attractive and effective, thus leading to multiple honours in the process. But personally, I feel that there are other managers, like Pochettino, who stand above the Frenchman in United’s wishlist.