Surprising third candidate emerges for Manchester United job if Louis van Gaal is sacked

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has emerged as a surprise candidate to take over at Manchester United if Louis van Gaal is sacked, according to the Daily Star.

The Daily Star reports that Blanc, who spent the final two years of his playing career at Old Trafford, would be considered along with Jose Mourinho and current assistant Ryan Giggs.

But the Daily Star adds that, as it stands, United officials are standing by Van Gaal despite another very poor display and result at Liverpool in the Europa League last Thursday.

Blanc has overseen PSG’s domination of French football in recent years. The Parisians will wrap up – with eight games to spare – a third straight Ligue 1 title by beating Troyes on Sunday.

PSG are also making progress in the Champions League, having knocked off Chelsea to reach the quarter-finals for successive years, and it may be tricky to lure Blanc away.

But the United job remains one of the biggest in the world, and the Daily Star claims that the 50-year-old remains highly regarded by his former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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