United installed Michael Carrick as caretaker after sacking club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday. Club officials plan to replace Carrick quickly with an experienced short-term boss until the end of the season.
The 57-year-old Frenchman has never managed in England but has a track record of breathing new life into ailing clubs.
The ex-midfielder speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian - skills he is said to use well in helping multinational dressing rooms to gel.
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