Laurent Blanc linked to Manchester United job

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has been linked with the vacant Manchester United manager job following the sacking of David Moyes this morning.

Blanc ended his playing career at Old Trafford after signing for the English club in 2001 from Inter Milan. During his stay in Manchester, he won the Premier League trophy following the 2002/03 campaign.

In his opening season as the manager of French champions PSG, Blanc has already secured the Coupe de la Ligue, and is on course to win the league championship where his side are warm favourites with Betfair to lift the trophy. The Paris-based club are seven points clear of second placed Monaco after 33 games of the campaign.

In 2007, the 48-year old started his managerial career at Bordeaux where he won the league title in his second season at the club, as well as the Coupe de la Ligue. His success in the domestic top flight earned him the job as the national team manager in 2010 following the World Cup. He led the team at Euro 2012 where France were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Betfair tournament favourites Spain.

Blanc is likely to be on a shortlist of managers who have European experience which could also include Louis van Gaal, Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone.

Moyes exited Old Trafford after just nine months in charge. He was charged with the task of following Sir Alex Ferguson in the role with the 19-time champions of England. However, he was unable to continue with success at the club as United are as low as seventh in the Premier League table on his departure.

Whoever takes over at Manchester United is likely to have a large transfer budget to spend in the summer to help them recover from a miserable season. They are currently fourth best in the sports betting for the Premier League title in 2014/15.

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