Manchester United have met with Louis van Gaal as doubts and uncertainty over the future of David Moyes continue to grow, it is claimed.
This is according to reports from the Netherlands cited by The Daily Mirror, which suggest that club representatives - possibly including one of the Glazer family - had met with the Dutchman in the last 48 hours after sounding him out as a potential replacement for the under pressure Moyes.
Although Moyes only joined Manchester United in the summer following the departure of iconic Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, his first season in the Old Trafford dugout has been one full of disappointment.
While they put up a valiant fight in the Champions League and only exited at the quarter-final stage after a second-leg defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this week, Manchester United have been well off the pace in the Premier League and have never truly threatened to successfully retain their spot in the top four.
At the time of writing and with their next fixture against Hull City postponed due to the latter's participation in this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, Manchester United sit seventh in the Premier League - seven points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal and 17 behind leaders Liverpool.
And while their domestic form has picked up somewhat of late with consecutive thumping victories over Aston Villa and Newcastle, it is clear that Manchester United need to significantly invest in new recruits this summer.
Quite whether Moyes - who has a wealth of top-flight experience from his time at Everton yet has never before won a major trophy - is the man to be trusted with such a substantial kitty on this season's evidence remains subject to concern.
62-year-old Van Gaal - who will step down from his role as Netherlands boss after this summer's World Cup in Brazil - is said to hold an interest in the Manchester United job, while he has also been frequently linked with Tottenham in recent weeks.