Louis van Gaal is trying to push through his contract talks with Manchester United to ward off the threat from Ryan Giggs, reports the Daily Mail.
The Netherlands coach is the outright favourite to take over at Old Trafford following the dismissal of David Moyes but is wary that Giggs could convince officials to give him the job permanently.
Emotions were running high on Saturday at the Theatre of Dreams as Giggs managed Manchester United to a 4-0 win over struggling Norwich.
Van Gaal is aware that three more similar displays in Manchester United's final Premier League games will strengthen Giggs' claim to stay in charge for next season.
Although Giggs has no experience as a manager, fans would not begrudge the 40-year-old, who has played over 950 games for United, the opportunity to lead the team if deemed capable.
There is also the risk that Carlo Ancelotti could soon become available if Real Madrid fail to make the final of the Champions League. The fine margins of success and failure at the Bernabeu means the Italian could become available very soon if Los Blancos succumb to a heavy defeat against Bayern Munich.
Manchester United officials are aware of that fact but are still keen to push forward with the deal for Van Gaal. They want a permanent manager in place as soon as possible so transfer plans can get underway. United will also have to finalise a contract before Van Gaal turns his attentions towards the World Cup campaign with the Netherlands.
However, the United board know that they could come under pressure to offer Giggs the job if United perform as well as they did against the Canaries in the last three games.
Van Gaal is reportedly willing to make Giggs part of his backroom staff but faces a challenge to convince the Welshman to accept such a role. Giggs, along with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville are all one of the same and aren't likely to follow someone else's tune.