Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United that he must be appointed before the end of next week, according to Daily Star sources.
Various reports emerged on Thursday claiming that everything between Manchester United and the Dutch coach with the appointment set to be announced next week.
However, a source close to Van Gaal has claimed that the two parties are still working on an agreement. With the World Cup round the corner, the source says Manchester United must get everything sorted before Van Gaal dives into serious World Cup preparations or risk losing him altogether.
A source close to Van Gaal told the Daily Star: "He knows he is in a strong position but realises the longer the matter takes to get resolved, the more doubt will emerge.
"Other names have been mentioned and he knows he isn't the only person under consideration.
"But he can't wait for too long. He has a World Cup to prepare for and doesn't want this situation affecting his plans for Brazil.
"It has been made clear to United that the middle of next week needs to be the deadline.
"If United want him, they know where he is and must make a positive decision."
Next Wednesday marks the start of Holland's World Cup training camp with domestic players, which is likely to be the cut off point for Manchester United to agree a deal.
The problem for Manchester United is that they want to see if any of their other manager targets become available. It looks certain that both Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti will stay with their respective clubs. However, doubts over the future of Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich could force Old Trafford officials to wait until after the World Cup to appoint a new manager.