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Laurent Blanc puts his hand up to succeed Sir Alex


Now here’s a man who would be welcomed back with open arms at Manchester United in some capacity. Laurent Blanc was all class and elegance on the field during his 20 year playing career which ended at Old Trafford in 2003. Sir Alex Ferguson had brought him in at the age of 35 two years earlier as a stop gap replacement for Jaap Stam and hung up his boots after making a total of 75 appearances for the club.

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Nani outshines Ronaldo as Fletcher suffers defeat


The 2012 European Championship qualifiers on the weekend provided starkly contrasting fortunes for two of  Manchester United’s internationals. While Nani was turning on a dazzling performance in Portugals’ 3-1 home defeat of Denmark, Darren Fletcher and Scotland went down 0-1 to the Czech Republic in Prague to leave the Scots trailing in second place behind Spain in their group. They now face a crunch match with the world champions at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.

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Evra puts the French World Cup farce behind


Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is relieved to put his South African summer of discontent behind and concentrate on the imminent Premier League season ahead. The 29 year old is one of five players summoned by the French Football Federation to face a disciplinary hearing scheduled for later this month. As team captain Evra is facing sanctions for leading a player revolt at the World Cup but feels that he is being unfairly punished and says he wants to wear his country’s colours once again.
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