Manchester United will not consider Ryan Giggs as the club's next permanent manager, according to local reports.
Red Devils legend Giggs - appointed as club's interim boss following the dismissal of David Moyes last week - oversaw a thumping 4-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, yet The Manchester Evening News reports that he will not be considered for the job on a full-time basis even in the event that the club win all of their fixtures between now and the end of the season.
Instead, it is suggested that Manchester United - who suffered a dismal run under Moyes and have failed to secure qualification for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades - are hunting a far more experienced successor to the Scot.
Giggs was greeted by rapturous applause from the Old Trafford faithful after emerging from the tunnel for his first game in charge yesterday and the result - coupled with the manner of the second-half display - has seen some fans lend their support to the 40-year-old to succeed Moyes beyond the end of the season.
However, it appears that will not the the case. Instead, it seems more likely that Manchester United will appoint a manager who has plenty of experience at taking charge of such a reputable club at the very highest level.
Indeed, reports yesterday had suggested that Netherlands chief Louis van Gaal had agreed a deal to take charge of the Premier League champions next season - although Manchester United were quick to deny that they had appointed a new manager.
Despite the club's denials, Van Gaal would appear to be a good choice to take on the role. While at 62 it would perhaps be unwise to think of him as an adequate long-term fit, the Dutchman enjoys a strong reputation throughout the European game and has previously taken charge of and enjoyed success with the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.