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Man Utd could hire Laurent Blanc as interim boss to replace Solskjaer before targeting Zinedine Zidane again in summer


MANCHESTER UNITED could hire Laurent Blanc as interim manager following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking, reports suggest.

United parted company with club legend Solskjaer after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing to Watford at Vicarage Road, which marked the final drop after five defeats in seven Premier League matches.

Laurent Blanc is being considered as a temporary replacement at Manchester United

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Laurent Blanc is being considered as a temporary replacement at Manchester UnitedCredit: AFP or licensors
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager after the loss to Watford

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager after the loss to WatfordCredit: PA

Michael Carrick has been put in charge for the time being while the Red Devils look for something more permanent.

According to The Athletic, however, the Manchester giants may be unable to land their top targets before the summer, such as Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.

Therefore, it is possible that they could turn to other options who are also going to be considered as temporary solutions.

Former United ace Blanc has been touted as a candidate, which means he would get the same opportunity Solskjaer got when he replaced Jose Mourinho in 2018 before earning a long-term contract.

The French head coach spent two years at Old Trafford where he retired in 2003 following 75 appearances across all competitions.

The 56-year-old turned to management in 2007 as he took over at Bordeaux where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2009 and was then placed as France boss a year later.

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The former centre-back joined Paris Saint-Germain three years later and won three consecutive league titles as well as two French Cups.

Blanc is currently the manager of Al-Rayyan, which means United would have to price him away of the Qatari outfit.

Reports suggest the Red Devils are prioritising former Real Madrid boss Zidane but his wife is not keen on moving to Manchester.

However, the 1998 Ballon d’Or winner’s former team-mate Emmanuel Petit hinted he is keen on the prospect of replacing Solskjaer as the Arsenal legend claims he is currently learning English.

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