Following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, Manchester United has identified Zinedine Zidane as their preferred choice to succeed the Norwegian, according to The Time.
The board decided to sack Solskjaer during an emergency meeting on Saturday night after the Red Devils were hammered 4-1 by Watford.
Solskjaer left United languishing in seventh place after 11 matches in the Premier League this term having won just one of their last seven league matches.
Solskjaer had lost the faith of the dressing room after a poor start to the Premier League campaign.
The United board had decided against sacking the 48-year-old after the club was thrashed by Leicester City Manchester City and Liverpool, giving him more time partly because of lack of available, suitable replacements.
The club’s hierarchy has now identified Zidane, who is currently the best available option, with the Frenchman out of work since leaving Real Madrid.
The 49-year-old had wanted to take at least a year out of the game and his family has concerns about him returning to management so soon.
However, the newspaper claim that the United’s board will now speed up conversations with the Frenchman.