Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is being considered as caretaker manager by Manchester United following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, it is understood.
The club plan to appoint an interim boss to steady the ship until the summer when they will appoint a permanent manager, with both Zinedine Zidane or Mauricio Pochettino considered for the role.
Solksjaer, 47, is firmly on their radar to take the reigns for the remainder of the season.
The ex-United and Norway star is currently managing in his homeland, with former club Molde.
Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend and scored 126 goals in 366 appearances during his 11-year career at Old Trafford.
He won six Premier League titles and two FA Cups while at the club and famously scored the winner in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 1999.
United are hoping to have a caretaker manager in place before their next match against Cardiff City on December 22 after sacking Mourinho.
Mourinho’s two-and-a-half year reign came to an end following the club’s worst start to a top-flight season since 1990.
His last match was a 3-1 defeat to leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
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A United statement said: “A caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”