Manchester United have moved to deny the suggestion that representatives from the club have met with Louis van Gaal to discuss the potential replacement of David Moyes were the decision taken in the summer to sack the manager.
Van Gaal is out of contract with the Netherlands after the World Cup this summer will leave his position, with Guus Hiddink his successor. Manchester United, aware of this fact, are reported to have had a meeting with the experienced coach within the last 48 hours.
David McDonnell of The Mirror broke the story on Saturday, although adds that there was a denial of his information when Manchester United were approached for a comment. Naturally, the club would reject any assertion that they are actively seeking a replacement for Moyes.
Moyes has endured an alarmingly poor season since he was appointed to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season, with Manchester United have relinquished their Premier League title with nothing more than a whimper.
The club were this week knocked out of the final cup competition in which they are involved, albeit at the hands of Bayern Munich, and their season is effectively over despite it being at the early stages of April.
Betting on the next permanent manager of Manchester United, meanwhile, has not changed a great deal since the reports emerged about the rendezvous with Van Gaal. The former Barcelona and Bayern boss is around 6/1 with the bookmakers - the same odds as Jurgen Klopp.