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France legend Blanc lined up for Man Utd job

France legend and current Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc has been earmarked as the man to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United's manager.

It is understood that Ferguson will remain in the job until at least the end of next season but the club has put a short-list in place and ex-defender Blanc has emerged as the frontrunner.

Blanc took over at Bordeaux in June 2007 and has led the club to a second-placed finish (2007-08) as well as the 2008-09 French Ligue 1 title.

A United insider confirmed that Blanc was being considered for the job down the track and said his relationship with Ferguson, whom he ended his playing career under at Old Trafford, was a key factor.

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

"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."

Andrew Slevison
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