Man Utd offered job to Blanc before turning to Solskjaer

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Protracted talks that have lasted more than a year are nearing a conclusion and, although final details are still to be agreed, United are confident that the France worldwide will sign a new five-year contract.

The Belgian has been ruled out for at least four weeks with calf problem.

"He was trying too hard, he was working too hard, he was getting exhausted at the end of games".

Pogba and Rashford have arguably been United's two best players since Solskjaer came to the helm.

Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, both substitutes against Brighton, are expected to start while Eric Bailly and Juan Mata are also in contention.

"Further to the injury sustained during our match against Chelsea on Saturday, we can confirm that Hector has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee", the club said in a statement on Tuesday.

He's guided the team to seven wins from seven games, and that run includes an impressive 1-0 victory away at Tottenham as the highlight.

"We don't speak weekly", said Solskjaer, as per Sky Sports.

"I am so happy with the performance", Pochettino said.

"He's working hard in training". He's an intelligent player and wants to learn all the time. "They're probably pressing higher, and they've got a really good momentum at the moment".

The 19 goals scored and five conceded under the new boss marks an incredible turnaround for the Red Devils, who are once again in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

"Overconfident? No, you can not be too confident", the Norwegian said. "He's playing with confidence".

"The past three managers have passed on so much knowledge that the players know they will have it in the locker because every day is an experience".

He also scored in his first Manchester derby match and his first Champions League match, earning an England call-up that featured ― what else ― a debut goal.

Blanc has been out of work since leaving PSG back in 2016.

"And obviously if you do well, you raise questions and people are going to start wandering if you can get the job permanently or not".

"I'm still in the hotel but I've found a place, so I won't be too long".

"But I think overall the performance was fantastic".

"I've got mates here, so I have been to see a few of them so it's not like I'm stuck in the hotel on my own".