Blanc made the right decision
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French defender wanted to quit at the end of last season, but was persuaded by Sir Alex Ferguson to prolong his stint at Old Trafford.
Although the veteran was used sparingly, he enjoyed helping his younger team-mates in training, particularly fellow countryman Mikael Silvestre.
"Last year, when I thought to stop, Alex Ferguson proposed that I prolong to help the young defenders at the club," he stated.
"He was right, I had so much fun, moreover with less pressure than last season.
"The English defenders have exceptional individual qualities, but they are a little late on a tactical level compared to other European defenders.
"As I played in many possible systems, I could bring them some things.
"Without thinking I am a teacher because I hate that kind of relationship."
Blanc is a huge admirer of Silvestre, who has been more impressive in central defence since shifting from left back.
"At Manchester, he has blossomed," beamed the former Marseille libero, when speaking of his fellow former Internazionale pal.
"He is a fantastic player who has improved in mastering concentration, on any level. He is very strong as a full back, but he has a great future in the centre."
The 38-year-old wants to remain in football, but not neccesarily as a coach.
"I have already received a lot of offers, even as a coach in Le Championnat," he revealed.
"My reply is always the same, at first I need a break.
"I am not free enough in my mind to go back.
"I am part of the Uefa committee about the game's rules. I represent the players.
"I had my first meeting at Zurich on May 1.
"It is at the same time, rewarding and enriching.
"Me, I never say never, but I admit the coach's job is more and more vicious.
"It becomes an obsession.
"Today, I say it is not impossible one day that I become a coach.
"I would be happy to give back under any form what I received from football.
"It could be under the spotlight or in the dark with young players."