Names such as Jurgen Klopp, Louis van Gaal and Diego Simeone dominate reports, noted by the Daily Star's Jack Wilson, ensuring the Red Devils have a massively important decision to make in the near future.
Odds continue to fluctuate around the top candidates. While these numbers are changing rapidly, here's a rundown of United's most likely next permanent manager:
|Louis van Gaal||Netherlands head coach.||2-1|
|Jurgen Klopp||Borussia Dortmund manager.||5-1|
|Ryan Giggs||Manchester United interim-manager.||6-1|
|Diego Simeone||Atletico Madrid manager.||18-1|
|Sir Alex Ferguson||Manchester United board member.||20-1|
|Carlos Queiroz||Iran head coach.||22-1|
|Pep Guardiola||Bayern Munich manager.||25-1|
|Laurent Blanc||Paris Saint-Germain manager.||28-1|
|Roberto Martinez||Everton manager.||33-1|
A move toward van Gaal is certainly building momentum and is currently United's most likely option across a number of betting websites, per Oddschecker.
The Dutchman's situation lends itself to this. He is currently confirmed to be leaving the Netherlands post after this summer's World Cup and wishes to manage a "top team" in the Premier League, per Neil McLeman of the Mirror.
The Daily Star's Jeremy Cross writes van Gaal is "the man they want to replace" Moyes. It would certainly be a smart appointment by the United board, as van Gaal possesses the tactical ability, trophy record and aura to deal with the club's egos.
His ascension toward favourite for the role is dictated by various reports surrounding Klopp. The German is an unlikely replacement due to his commitment to Borussia Dortmund, with many respected journalists giving him little to no chance of replacing Moyes.
Both Raphael Honigstein of the Guardian and Mark Ogden of the Telegraph suggest this is the case:
Klopp to Man Utd chances hover near the zero per cent mark. Not *totally* impossible but close enough— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) April 21, 2014
Man Utd will not be pursuing Jurgen Klopp. Been made aware he is committed to Borussia Dortmund. Story to follow...— Mark Ogden (@MOgdenTelegraph) April 22, 2014
Honigstein followed his tweet with quotes from Klopp himself, who ruled himself out of the running:
"Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans," said the 46-year-old. "But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."
United have turned to Ryan Giggs until the end of the season, confirmed by Jamie Sanderson of the Metro, outlining the Welshman as a candidate for the permanent post. Giggs' stature at the club ensures he was always going to be a viable choice, but this is not an ideal situation for the famous winger to begin his managerial career with.
Giggs will oversee four meaningless matches as United head toward the end of the season. During this time, it's likely the board will aim to find a more proven individual, although Giggs is likely to remain at the club in some capacity.
Henry Winter of the Telegraph (subscription required) believes Giggs will be given the full job at some point in his career, outlining the position as the 40-year-old's "destiny."
It could also be the destiny of Diego Simeone, who completes the pack of front-runners. Simeone remains focused with Atletico Madrid and responded to the potential availability in a typically straight fashion, reported by Sam Lee of Goal.com:
"With all respect to the question, we have an important match tomorrow which don't let me think about this," said Simeone on the eve of his side's Champions League showdown with Chelsea.
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Carlo Ancelotti was outlined as a potential replacement back in March by the Daily Star's Henry Pratt. The former Milan coach heads an outside selection of candidates who may be called upon. Ancelotti recently landed the Copa del Rey with Real Madrid, but should he fail to capture the Spanish domestic title and Champions League, he could be moved on.
Pep Guardiola's odds suggest he is unlikely to exchange Bayern Munich for United. The former Barcelona coach has nearly completed one season at the Allianz Arena and already has the Bundesliga title to his name. Bayern remain in the Champions League and the German Cup, suggesting it would be an odd choice for the Spaniard to leave after a potentially treble-filled year.
Former United assistant Carlos Queiroz could be called in from his stint with the Iranian national team, while Paris Saint-Germain boss and ex-Red Devils defender Laurent Blanc loiters around the most likely bets. Both may feel they have unfinished business at United, but their current jobs ensure a route back to the Theatre of Dreams may be blocked.
It's clear van Gaal remains the outright favourite. United cannot afford to get their next permanent manager wrong and will need to make a decision based both on immediate impact and future prospects.
While someone of Giggs' reputation may be an attractive prospect, the "seen it all" attitude of van Gaal is best placed to deal with such an important club. If Klopp doesn't change his mind, anyway.