Manchester United would prefer to appoint Ryan Giggs over Jose Mourinho as their next manager, according to reports.
Current boss Louis van Gaal has been under immense scrutiny this season with United having crashed out of the Champions League and currently outside of the Premier League’s top four.
Fans, meanwhile, are unhappy with the Dutchman’s style of play, although he has appeared to buy himself time after encouraging performances against Chelsea and Swansea City.
On Monday night Real Madrid sacked manager Rafael Benitez and replaced the Spaniard with club icon Zinedine Zidane, and the Daily Mail’s Matt Lawton suggests United view Giggs – who made 672 appearances for the club – as a similar answer.
According to Lawton, there is a “growing desire” among the Old Trafford hierarchy to appoint Giggs when Van Gaal’s tenure eventually comes to an end.
One of the main concerns regarding Mourinho is the former Chelsea boss’ reputation for causing controversy and the Portuguese’s “high-maintenance” approach to management.
However, it is understood that there is no firm plan in place and there was at least some form of communication between United and Mourinho after the 52-year-old was sacked by Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola, who is to depart Bayern Munich at the end of the season, remains another candidate for the Old Trafford job, although it is still widely expected the Spaniard will takeover at Manchester City.