Manchester United have opened talks with Louis van Gaal and are preparing to bring him to Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN.
David Moyes was sacked as manager of the Old Trafford outfit on Tuesday morning, only 11 months into a six year contract.
Ryan Giggs has been placed in temporary charge of the Manchester United team but the hunt for Moyes' long-term replacement is well underway.
Plenty of names have been thrown into the mix throughout the day, with some sources suggesting Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have already been contacted by United officials.
However, those two managers have ruled themselves out and it seems Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, have already chosen their successor.
Netherlands coach Van Gaal has been linked with the post at Manchester United long before it became apparent that Moyes' time at Old Trafford was up.
Van Gaal declared his desire to manage in the Premier League and looked set to join Tottenham before a meeting with the Glazer family forced him to reconsider moving to White Hart Lane.
Now Moyes is gone, Manchester United have made contact with Van Gaal, who has already agreed to leave his Netherlands position after the World Cup.
Another key piece of information is that Sir Alex Ferguson, who was so instrumental in the hiring of Moyes, has not been consulted on the hiring of Van Gaal.
The source claims that the Glazers have been considering sacking Moyes ever since Manchester United lost to Swansea in the third round of the Fa Cup in January.
They had full confidence in the former Everton manager when Ferguson recommended him but took an active role in finding a replacement when it became evident Moyes was not up to the job.
Following the 2-0 defeat to Everton, it was apparent that almost everyone at the club was against Moyes - the playing staff, many directors and a number of sponsors, not too mention the shareholders.
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