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Foreign ex-Manchester United players always seem to make better managers than their domestic counterparts, and Laurent Blanc is no exception.
The former Red Devils centre-back has made quite a good impression in management, even if his France tenure ended in Euro 2012 quarterfinal failure (in all fairness, the opposition was eventual champions Spain).
Blanc started off his managerial career at Bordeaux, where after his first season he took the team to a second-place league finish—up from fifth place the term before he joined—winning Manager of the Year along the way.
The following campaign he took the popular French club to their first Ligue 1 title win in 10 years, and only the sixth in their history. On top of that he also led the team to a Coupe de la Ligue trophy win.
His last season at Bordeaux ended in a disappointing sixth place, but he nonetheless won many admirers for getting his side to play some beautiful football despite their relative lack of top class technical ability.
This earned him the France job, and his style of fluid, exciting football—allowing the flair players like Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yoann Gourcuff the freedom to be creative—gave the nation good hope heading into Euro 2012.
While it didn't exactly go to plan, Blanc proved his managerial capability in his team's confident and assertive performances leading up to and including the first two games of the tournament.
At the moment Blanc isn't the best candidate to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, but he has a basic understanding of how the club works, having spent his last two seasons as a player at Old Trafford.
Also, his winning mentality, backed up by his win statistics of 60 percent with Bordeaux and 59 percent with France, means he could get more out of the players psychologically, while his tactical style generally fits in with United's overall philosophy.
And according to a report in the Daily Mirror, Blanc is apparently trying to master English in hope of one day replacing Sir Alex at Manchester United. Watch this space.