It remains a big if, as the Old Trafford hierarchy are continuing to back Louis van Gaal, despite another sub-standard display at Liverpool last Thursday.

But if a change is made in the summer, Paris St-Germain boss Blanc will be considered along with Jose Mourinho and current United assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

Blanc, 50, is a former United defender who has always been highly regarded by ex-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson – now an Old Trafford director.