Laurent Blanc, a former Manchester United star, could take over Old Trafford temporarily while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer searches for a permanent replacement.
The Norwegian player was fired on Sunday morning just a day following United’s 4-1 defeat at Watford, which left them 12 behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
It was Solskjaer’s fifth defeat after seven league matches and proved to have been the nail in Solskjaer’s coffin.
Michael Carrick was temporarily given control of the first team while the board evaluates its options.
They are reportedly contemplating moves for Zinedine Zidane, former boss of Real Madrid, Mauricio pochettino from PSG, Brendan Rodgers manager of Leicester City, Erik ten Haag, boss at Ajax.
However, according to The AthleticIt could prove difficult to land one of their top targets in the middle of the season, especially since three of them are already employed.
The club could instead look for someone to stabilize the ship for a few more months before looking to hire a permanent replacement.
Blanc, an ex-France and PSG boss, was considered for the temporary job.
Al-Rayyan’s Qatari side is currently under the management of the 56-year-old, but it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to be taken away mid-season.
His managerial career began in Bordeaux in 2007. He led the club to a Ligue 1 title.
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A year later, he was transferred to the French national soccer team, where he led them into Euro 2012.
France lost to eventual winners Spain in the quarter-finals. Blanc resigned following the tournament.
He succeeded Carlo Ancelotti as PSG boss in 2013 and won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, before being replaced by him by mutual agreement in 2016.
The Frenchman was unemployed for more than four decades before he joined Al-Rayyan in December 2013.