Manchester United expressed a serious interest in making Laurent Blanc their new manager last summer, before eventually deciding Louis van Gaal was the right man for the job after the Frenchman signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
Blanc earned a stay of execution after showing signs of progress in Europe to match Ligue 1 success, but things have soured and he's now struggling to meet the expectations of PSG's mega-rich owners.
La Parisien believe that Blanc might jump before he's pushed this summer, particularly if he fails to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday. That reportedly puts him back in the frame for the United job long-term, at least if Van Gaal misses out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.
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Blanc swimming against the tide
Replacing Carlo Ancelotti was always going to be a tough gig for Blanc, who got close to no credit for winning three trophies last season.
Blanc has also had to massage the considerable ego's of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani while getting the pair to function in the same system, a challenge which has proved difficult this season in particular.
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Frenchman has an affinity with United
If Blanc doesn't emerge unscathed from what's quite surprisingly proving a fierce fight to retain Ligue 1 it looks likely he'll part company with PSG in the summer, leaving him open to court offers from elsewhere.
United is one job he'd love to take on, a club he spent two seasons with towards the twilight of his career, winning a Premier League title in the process.
Blanc doesn't have the trophy-stuffed coaching CV that Van Gaal possesses, which is perhaps why he was snubbed by United chiefs when it came time to replace David Moyes last April.
Blanc deserves future consideration at least
Red Devils fans will be more than open to an alternative should Van Gaal fail to earn Champions League qualification or win the FA Cup though, which is still a distinct possibility.
Van Gaal's style of football has also won few admirers, heavy on possession and light on the kind of attacking verve that United fans expect, in fact almost demand.
Should Blanc promise that he's got a playing career that demands respect and would surely help attract top players to Old Trafford, so perhaps the notion that he's a strong candidate to become United's next manager is nowhere near as far-fetched as you may think.
Man United fans, would you consider Blanc as a potential replacement for Van Gaal if he doesn't deliver the goods? Would you have accepted the World Cup winning captain as coach last summer? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below.
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