Manchester United have sacked ‘club legend’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager with immediate effect.
The Norwegian has led the Manchester side during five seasons, joining the club as manager at the end of 2018.
After a shocking loss of 4-1 to Watford on Saturday afternoon, it was the final nail in the coffin for Solskjaer, and after an emergency meeting held in the hours after the game, the former Manchester United striker was relieved of his duties, with official confirmation on Sunday morning.
There seems to have been a common theme throughout the Manchester United managerial and coaching staff over the last five years, with ex-players taking key roles in important positions of influence to what is being translated onto the pitch every week in the team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Nicky Butt to name a few of the ex-players who have been working behind the scenes of Manchester United, with Carrick or Fletcher being likely to lead the current side out in the upcoming fixtures whilst the board looks for a suitable interim manager.
There have been many names thrown into the conversation to succeed the Norwegian at Manchester United, and one name that has been mentioned is yet another ex-player has been linked with the move, Laurent Blanc.
Blanc has been put into the conversation for the interim manager job that the Glazers and Man United board have outlined as their first priority who they will appoint for six months, until the end of this season when they will then look to appoint a long term solution.
The former Manchester United centre back has been managing in France, starting at Bordeaux, moving into the France job in 2010, and going to Paris Saint Germain following his two-year stint at international level.
Legendary Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, hailed Blanc as ‘intelligent’ when he spoke out on the 56-year-old manager’s work with the France international side;
“When Laurent played in Manchester he followed our training methods very carefully.
“That’s very intelligent and obviously he has qualities as a coach because he made Les Bleus a winning team again.” he told RMC Sport.
Blanc is currently managing the football team of Al Rayyan Sports Club in Qatar, but a move to such a high profile club with no long term expectations of success could be an attractive choice for the manager.
Surely, Manchester United and the Glazers would learn their lessons from the nightmare that has unfolded in the most recent months of Solskjaer, however, and avoid the emotive and difficult situation they have put themselves in by appointing another ex-player.
Combine that with his handling of egotistical players and it wouldn’t bode well. Sports Illustrated outlined the following about his spell in Paris: “Upon replacing Carlo Ancelotti, maestro of all things man management, Blanc was criticised for an inability to keep egos in check – a prerequisite for any big team – as well as persisting with a style that lacked verve and panache. He also seemed unable to change a game if it wasn’t going to plan.”
With that in mind, he has to fall low down in United’s list of potential replacements for Solskjaer.
The Red Devils will travel to Spain to play Villarreal in a Champions League decider on Tuesday and will need a win to secure their place in the round of sixteen, losing could be yet another blow in Manchester United’s bad fortune this season.
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