A group of Manchester United players believe that Diego Simeone will be their next manager, according to the Sun.
Current Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal is under pressure having not secured a win in any of his last eight games in charge, and recorded the worst run of results in December in the club's history.
Speculation has been rife that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager could be replaced by axed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - but now the Sun say that may not be the case.
According to the paper, a group of players have 'independently' declared that they believe Simeone will be the next manager at Old Trafford, and not Mourinho - who is said to have put an offer from Real Madrid on hold in the hope that Manchester United will come calling.
The Atletico Madrid boss has enjoyed notable success since taking charge at the Vicente Calderon in 2011, guiding the club to the Spanish league title in 2014 as well as the Champions League final, the Europa League, Uefa Super Cup, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup.
Simeone is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League, but refused to drawn on the speculation when quizzed about it earlier this month. “No comment. A respect for everyone,” was his only response to questioning.
The Sun say that the 'feeling inside' Manchester United is that Simeone will take over from Van Gaal in the summer, if the Dutchman survives until then. They quote one player as saying: “All the betting may be on Mourinho coming in but the talk among the players is all about Simeone.”
The former Argentine international has also been linked with Chelsea as the long-term replacement for Mourinho, while Manchester City could also be an option, although it is believed that they've secured the services of Pep Guardiola.