Laurent Blanc says he spoke to Man Utd about becoming boss in 2014

Laurent Blanc: "Managing in England is a big ambition. I want a different challenge in England, Spain or Italy."

 during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.

Ex-Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc says he spoke to his former club about replacing David Moyes in 2014 before Louis van Gaal stepped into the Old Trafford hotseat.

Blanc has not managed since a three-year spell as boss of Paris Saint-Germain - who United face in the last 16 of the Champions League - which ended back in 2016.

"I had a call from a director, I'd prefer not to say who, and some discussion," Blanc told The Times.

French defender Laurent Blanc (L) kisses French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Image: Blanc spent two years at Utd alongside international team-mate Fabien Barthez

"But I was in Paris so it was very difficult for me to leave. We kept in touch but they went with Van Gaal in the end."

Sky Sports News understands Blanc was again under consideration following Jose Mourinho's departure in December before United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has removed the fear factor from Man Utd
Image: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has guided Manchester United up to fourth in the table

The World Cup winner, who won 11 trophies during his time as PSG boss, is keen to resume his coaching career, with a Premier League job high on the agenda.

"Managing in England is a big ambition," he said. "I have big experience at Paris.

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"It's difficult for me to go to another club in France. I want a different challenge in England, Spain or Italy. I played in those countries, I know them, so I keep going to games and I see what calls come in."

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