Laurent Blanc is a shock late contender to snatch the Manchester United job from under Jose Mourinho’s nose, according to reports on Tuesday.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho remains the favourite to replace the under-fire Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford this summer, with even a victory in the FA Cup final unlikely to save the Dutchman from the axe.
Reports on Sunday suggested United would announce Mourinho as their new manager ‘in the next two weeks’ amid claims he has already signed a deal at Old Trafford.
But there remains voices within the United boardroom who are reportedly reluctant to see Mourinho take charge at Old Trafford, with doubts about his spiky personality, and the fear that he could jettison Ryan Giggs, among the main doubts.
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And The Sun claims there has been a recent wave of support within the Old Trafford boardroom for Paris Saint-Germain boss and former United centre back, Blanc in recent weeks.
The paper writes: ‘The long term plan is still for Giggs to be the boss in the future and the club does not want to lose him now.
‘It is not certain that Mourinho has lost out and he has a verbal agreement to take charge of the club in the summer.
‘There is even a three-year £60million contract drawn up ready.’
Mourinho has ignored approaches from elsewhere certain that he will succeed Van Gaal at the end of this season.
Blanc, 50, has been manager at PSG since 2013 and on Saturday added a second trophy for the season by winning the Coupe de la Liga with a 2-1 win over Lille.
They ran away with the league and now play Marseiile in the French Cup Final on May 21 as they aim to land a domestic treble for the second successive season.
There was, however, disappointment and some criticism of Blanc when the club exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Manchester City, and he did not take their exit well with some less than flavoursome comments about the Blues.