With David Moyes set to be sacked as manager of Manchester United "imminently", the race is heating up for the soon-to-be-dethroned reigning Premier League champions to find a successor.
The Old Trafford hierarchy have identified two targets to replace the Scot: Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal, who will step down from his position after the World Cup.
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United, though, have sounded out the former Mainz coach's camp and there is a growing confidence that Klopp, despite initially having reservations, could be persuaded to move to Old Trafford.
The 46-year-old, who boasts a 58 per cent win record with die Schwarzgelben, guided the side to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a place in last season's Champions League final.
Van Gaal, meanwhile, boasts a wealth of experience, having taken Ajax to European Cup glory, coached Catalan giants Barcelona and won the Bundesliga during a short and explosive spell with Bayern Munich.
United chiefs have met with the Dutchman, who has frequently expressed a desire to manage in the Premier League, while he has been spotted attending matches with his national team skipper, Robin van Persie, during the United forward's injury absence.
There are strong reservations among the Red Devils' hierarchy, though, that Van Gaal's dictatorial management style would fail to get the best out of a squad who have become disaffected under Moyes.
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