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Bordeaux coach Blanc favourite to succeed Ferguson at Man Utd

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc is a top contender to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The Sunday Mirror says the Frenchman's incredible record at Bordeaux has put him firmly in the frame to follow Fergie - ahead of Jose Mourinho and Carlos Queiroz.

The belief at Old Trafford is that Ferguson will remain in charge until at least the end of next season - health permitting.

But Blanc, who ended his glittering playing career with a two-year stint at United, is now firmly established as the club's No.1 choice.

A United insider said: "Replacing Sir Alex will be the toughest job since Matt Busby left the club.

"It isn't just about winning at United. It's about playing the game the right way and upholding the traditions.

"There is a lot of admiration at Old Trafford for the job Blanc has done at Bordeaux and the style of play he has imposed.

"It is no secret at the club that he became close to Sir Alex when he was a United player. There is still a lot of mutual respect."

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