Erik ten Hag is reportedly a favourite to become Manchester United's next permanent manager following "exhaustive background checks".
The Ajax boss has been considered as a leading candidate for the job since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking in November.
A number of other candidates have been linked to the hot seat, including Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Thomas Tuchel.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag is United's preferred choice to succeed Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
The report claims that the Old Trafford chiefs believe the Dutchman has the potential to return the club to their former glories. It is added that Tuchel has been ruled out of the running as United think a potential takeover at Chelsea could keep the German at Stamford Bridge.
Ten Hag expressed his frustration about the current situation at Ajax about the huge turnover of players at the club.
He said: “The lifespan of our team has always been short in recent years. I understood – and still understand – the sale of players.
“But you can hardly cope with such bloodletting if you want to continue to play a significant role in the Champions League. You need giant players for that – and Ajax can not buy that calibre of players.”