David Moyes tenure as Manchester United boss is coming to an end, according to recent reports.
The Daily Mirror claims that senior representatives from Old Trafford – including a member of the Glazer family – have met with Holland manager Louis van Gaal to discuss him replacing Moyes this summer.
Van Gaal is committed to the World Cup but is looking to step down from the international scene after that and would relish the chance to work with striker Robin van Persie at club level.
Moyes appeared to have boosted his chances of retaining the job with United holding their own for much of the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
However, now the dust has settled, the Glazers are all too aware that the Red Devils are now out of all the trophy hunts and a distant 40/1 just to qualify for the Champions League.
With bitter rivals Liverpool seemingly on course to land their first Premier League title, the Old Trafford board could move quickly to replace Moyes in a bid to stem the Merseyside uprising.
Tottenham are also keeping tabs on the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, with current gaffer Tim Sherwood due to step down at the end of the season.
However, Van Gaal is said to favour a move to Old Trafford and it is his enthusiasm for the role that could ultimately end Moyes’ short-lived spell at the United helm.
The Red Devils have denied the reports but in the modern era that counts for nothing.
United are guaranteed a new look next term – with a planned £150m+ overhaul of the playing staff – and whether Moyes is to be part of this set up remains to be seen.
The board – and indeed the fans – would have anticipated a drop in performance in the initial post-Ferguson era but no-one expected such a dramatic demise and while the squad is in need of a refresh, Moyes must shoulder much of the blame.
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