Manchester United have drawn up their shortlist to replace David Moyes and have already approached a couple of the candidates to gauge their interest.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United have been working non-stop over the past two days to secure their top target, and the club's hierarchy have made contact with 'several' of the managers under consideration.
Early favourites for the post include Dutch boss Louis van Gaal and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, while a recent MEN report claimed Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola had not been ruled out despite both publicly committing their futures to their current clubs.
A Manchester United source told the MEN: "It is fair to say that a number of feelers have gone out. Ideally the process will be complete sooner rather than later but we will take as long as we need to find the right man."
Moyes was sacked by United after 10 months in charge on Tuesday morning, after a flurry of reports in the national newspapers on Monday afternoon claimed his time was up.
That came off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, a result that left United stranded in seventh position and mathematically out of the Champions League.
Whoever replaces Moyes could have as much as £200m to spend in the summer transfer window, with the Glazers reportedly willing to loosen the pursestrings to help put United back among the Champions League contenders.