Manchester United officials have today released a statement insisting that reports claiming Louis van Gaal has agreed to become their new manager are wide of the mark.
Dutch broadsheet publication De Telegraaf's big exclusive to kick off the weekend revealed that United chief Ed Woodward struck a deal with Van Gaal to see the veteran coach take over at Old Trafford, with €100m to spend in a bid to revamp an ageing and underwhelming squad.
United have moved quickly to deny that talks in Portugal with Van Gaal have been successful, telling The Telegraph that they have not signed a contract with a new manager and the search for David Moyes' replacement is still ongoing.
A brief statement said: There is nothing to report. We have not signed a new manager.
"When we have something to report, we will announce it."
Since Moyes was dismissed on Tuesday morning United have been linked with a whole host of top coaches across the continent, including Van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte.
For now caretaker coach Ryan Giggs is in charge of first-team affairs, with the first of his four matches in charge coming this evening at home to Norwich City.
Giggs has not been ruled out of contention for the permanent post completely, but United chiefs are believed to prefer the swift appointment of an established coach with a proven track record of leading successful teams, something Van Gaal has in spades.