French coach attentive to Solskjaer’s situation after contact from Man Utd
Laurent Blanc’s representatives have reportedly been contacted by Manchester United as they look at sounding out alternatives to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer has gone into the international break with growing doubts over his future after a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday kept the club on its worst away run since 1989 and left the Red Devils 12th in the Premier League table – just two points clear of the relegation zone.
A report on Tuesday morning claimed Solskjaer had warned his players that they were fighting for their futures at Old Trafford and that his sacking as manager could lead to them being sold off in their numbers by his potential successor.
But despite Solskjaer’s bizarre optimism, worse could be to come for United with a match against Liverpool next on the horizon.
And as per claims on Tuesday, the match against their arch-rivals could be Solskjaer’s last in charge with two reasons cited for his possible sacking if there is no immediate upturn in fortunes.
And according to the Daily Mail, United are already casting their eyes over possible successors – with Leipzig’s 32-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann earmarked as a strong possibility.
However, Nagelsmann is not the only man to be linked with the post.
On Tuesday the Gazzetta dello Sport stated the Manchester United job “greatly fascinates” Max Allegri although the former Juve coach is understood to be unwilling to take a job mid-season and is taking a 12-month sabbatical.
And now RMC Sport via Sport Witness claim former Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux boss Blanc is another.
Blanc, 53, is of course a former United centre-back and is out of work, although he is a top contender to replace axed Lyon boss Sylvinho.
ESPN report that Blanc is the main candidate and met Lyon on Tuesday to discuss the role, which would be his first job since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.
However, RMC report that Blanc’s entourage have been contacted by United, who told the media outlet Blanc is “attentive to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s situation” at Manchester United, and thus hinting it would be a job he would be open to.