Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal could be confirmed as Manchester United before the end of this week after delaying a preliminary World Cup squad announcement due for tomorrow afternoon.
Van Gaal held talks with United executive vice president Ed Woodward last week and is at the top of a select group of experienced managers targeted by the Red Devils, but wants any proposed deal to be concluded and confirmed quickly to avoid any distractions for the Dutch national side.
The Mirror has today reported that the Dutch FA are growing impatient with persistent rumours regarding their coach and have delayed Friday's squad confirmation as a result, hoping United can use the extra time to make the identity of their next boss public.
Holland will now confirm their 23-man squad for this summer's South American showpiece, giving United an extra 73 hours breathing room to get Van Gaal's long-term future clarified.
United have refused to be rush in their search for David Moyes' long-term successor, although any further delay could result in their top target Van Gaal snubbing further talks to concentrate on getting the best out of his talented young Holland squad in Brazil.
Established top European coaches Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone, Laurent Blanc and Jurgen Klopp have all distanced themselves from taking on a difficult job at Old Trafford, so despite some delay over the finer details Van Gaal still looks overwhelming favourite to be in charge of United next season at this stage.