Manchester United are reportedly stepping up their efforts to land Zinedine Zidane as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer is under immense pressure following United's results in recent week. The Red Devils are currently sixth on the league table, following a 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool and a 2-0 loss to Manchester City, both at Old Trafford.
While the board might not be looking to sack Solskjaer immediately, they are still preparing a contingency plan, according to the Sunday Times.
Zidane is currently out of a job since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season. The Frenchman won three Champions Leagues and two LaLiga titles as a coach during his two spells, and has been linked to the hot seat at United for a while.
However, reports have previously claimed that Zidane isn't sure whether the United job would be the right one for him. But the top brass at the club are hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane's presence at the club might convince Zidane to link up with his former players.
Last month, French football expert Julien Laurens explained the reasons why Zidane would not want the job. "For Zinedine Zidane, he's not keen on the job," Laurens said. "He's never really been on coming to England, whether that was as a player or as a manager before.
"He's got his eyes on the France job that could likely be available after the 2022 World Cup, so just over a year, or maybe after the 2024 Euros in Germany, but still very likely to be in a year's time.
"So why would you take a job now, especially this kind of job? A club in crisis, a team low in confidence, where you know it's going to be difficult, where you know the environment is quite heavy on you with the tabloids and everything."