Manchester United have parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a string of poor performances left the manager’s position completely untenable.
Michael Carrick will take charge over the next few games as United look for an interim manager until the summer and, in that regard, Laurent Blanc has been named as a potential candidate.
But if they hire the Frenchman, United will risk repeating history in a way no one wants.
The major fear is, what if Blanc does well? Does that open the door to him to becoming the permanent manager like Solskjaer before him?
I personally don’t think that will be the case, as the board will most likely be wary of making the obvious error once again, but I think they would still be making a huge mistake in settling for Blanc at what could be a pivotal point for the future of United.
Firstly, we are 12 games into the season, there are 26 games in the league, and then United still have the opportunity of two trophies.
However unlikely doing well in those competitions may seem, United have a talented squad that has been underperforming and, under the right coach, they could easily turn things around.
But settling for an interim manager who will most likely be gone in summer is seemingly writing this season off especially when, unlike Ralf Rangnick, Blanc offers no significant upside.
Looking at Blanc’s CV you can see an impressive spell with Paris St Germain where his win percentage was around 73% and he won a domestic treble but it’s important to note the strength of PSG in Ligue 1 and also Blanc’s underperformance in the Champions League, which ultimately saw him removed from the position.
Since then he has gone on to coach Al Rayyan in Qatar, where he has a measly win percentage of 35.9% and an overall goal difference of minus two.
The bigger issue that should concern United fans is the club would be repeating history by trying to chase ‘United DNA’. Blanc played for the club between 2000-2003 and straight after Solskjaer, it would be unwise to go for yet another former player to solve what is an endemic issue.
You often can’t see the problem if you’re part of it and Blanc would be yet another attempt at catching lightning in a bottle.
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Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t part United before becoming manager but he got the club and its values. The board have taken this as the easy way of finding someone who gets the club again. Appointing ex-players to prominent positions leaves United rooted in the past rather moving towards the future.
United need a complete outsider, someone who can come in and has no baggage or allegiances and can see the issues from a different perspective. Rangnick, Erik ten Hag even Mauricio Pochettino all would bring this.
But with the search for an interim only starting after Solskjaer’s sacking, the easy option will most likely be the preferred course of action for a board that did not plan for what had long seemed an inevitable demise.
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