After spending close to £250m under Louis van Gaal before the close of the last summer transfer window, it’s certainly fair to say that Manchester United haven’t quite experienced a campaign to remember throughout 2015/16. As a result of this, the Dutchman looks set to lose his job at Old Trafford regardless of where his side ultimately end up in the table.
In light of all the subsequent speculation and uncertainty to surround the enigmatic tactician down in the Red Devils’ dugout, a wide plethora of managerial alternatives have since cropped up as potential replacements, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Laurent Blanc the latest high profile coach to see his name aligned with a potential switch to the English giants.
Yet as very little guarantee seems to surround the once dominant Premier League club at this particular stage in the proceedings, would Blanc really symbolise a step in the right direction, or should Manchester United look elsewhere when deciding who deserves to permanently take the reins at Old Trafford?
Well, as the current PSG boss previously represented the Red Devils during his later playing days, perhaps there is more to this somewhat unlikely rumour than may initially meet the eye.
The man informally known as Le President for his unmistakable prowess in the leadership department, could potentially serve to excite the Old Trafford faithful throughout the course of next season if his recent record Ligue 1 is to offer anything to go by.
Laurent Blanc would admittedly find the often testing nature of the English top-flight somewhat more demanding compared with the slightly less intense pressure that comes with working in the French game, but that doesn’t mean that the one time Manchester United defender couldn’t help his former side re-establish their dominance of the Premier League
The 50-year-old French tactician seemingly knows what it takes to handle big name players on a week-to-week basis, while his ability to source high profile assets across each respective transfer window has certainly served PSG rather well over the past few seasons. And as Manchester United would also be, reportedly, keen on brining Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Old Trafford this summer, maybe Blanc could really be a major candidate for the Red Devils.
Yes, his current employers down at the Parc des Princes may be keen on holding onto their current main man right in the here and now of course, but seeing as very few top flight managers wouldn’t at least consider the possibility of joining the Premier League at least some stage in their careers, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Blanc’s services are being applied in England.
But with Jose Mourinho still lingering in the shadows at this particular stage, and Ryan Giggs also waiting patiently in the wings should Van Gaal eventually face the chop, it seems as if the race to become the next Manchester United manager is far from over.
Laurent Blanc remains a worthy choice for the Red Devils next term – no one could ultimately take that claim away from the Frenchman when all is said and done – but is he really the most captivating choice going into the all-important summer transfer period? Arguably not…
As the Manchester United hierarchy could even opt to keep LVG on board at their club in 2016/17, perhaps the chance to finally reunite with the Red Devils has simply arrived too soon for Laurent Blanc within the grand scheme of things, especially as several other big name candidates are also in contention for the illustrious position next season.