Former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc is reportedly undertaking English lessons with the ambition of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils' manager.

Blanc spent two seasons as a player at Old Trafford and, according to The Mirror, is targeting a return to Manchester United as Ferguson's eventual successor.

The French World Cup winner is reported to have begun an intense English speaking course at the Royan language school, near his Bordeaux home, and is desperate to master the language.

Blanc ended his playing career with Manchester United, where he won the Premier League in 2003, before heading into management with Bordeaux four years later.

The 47-year-old led Bordeaux to second in Ligue 1 during his first season with the club, before clinching the title the following season having also won the French cup that year.

Blanc left Bordeaux to take the France job in 2010, but left his post following a disappointing showing at Euro 2012 for Les Bleus.

Whether or not the former centre-back would be considered by Manchester United as a potential replacement for Ferguson remains to be seen, with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho likely to be seen as more suitable candidates.

Blanc, though, appears keen to move to Old Trafford when Ferguson steps aside, but the French legend may settle for another job in the Premier League.

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