Under fire Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he's not spoken to Jose Mourinho about the prospect of the Special One taking his job at Old Trafford, despite the pair sharing a close relationship.
Mourinho has been heavily linked with taking charge in the summer from Van Gaal, but there's a possibility that decision may be brought forward after another disastrous loss yesterday against Sunderland.
The Red Devils are six points adrift of the Champions League qualification spots having played a game more than all of the top four teams, who are in action today.
An Anthony Martial strike wasn't enough for Van Gaal's side, who were downed by a free-kick from Wahbi Khazri and a David de Gea own goal, and now the pressure is on the Manchester United board to act before the end of the season.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is yet to publicly deny the rumours of Mourinho's arrival in the summer, and Van Gaal - who worked with Mourinho at Barcelona and in 2014 described him as a 'special' coach - admits he's not yet spoken to his friend, but insists that's normal amongst rival managers.
Asked if they'd spoken since the speculation began, Van Gaal said: "No. In the football world that doesn't happen. I was chairman of the coaches federation in the Netherlands and we had a rule that you can never talk with a club without informing the present manager.
"But sometimes it has been broken by people and by managers. It is always like that. It is not always an honest world."
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for a second time earlier this year after a poor start to the season, and is reportedly desperate to take over at Old Trafford.
With Manchester United out of the Champions League already and struggling to make the top four, Van Gaal believes the Europa League is a legitimate target for the season. His side take on Danish minnows Midtjylland on Thursday.
'Winning the Europa League would be a successful season because then we have fulfilled our aim which is to qualify for the Champions League,' he said.