Man Utd have started talks with representatives of Jose Mourinho, according to the latest media reports.
Mourinho has been linked with the United job ever since he was sacked at Chelsea, however the board at Old Trafford had stayed loyal to van Gaal, but it seems they have now lost patience with the Dutchman.
Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to manage United, however it was said that some behind the scenes at Old Trafford, like Sir Bobby Charlton, were against the idea.
But, a long stream of bad results has forced the biggest Mourinho detractors to accept that he would be a better choice than sticking with van Gaal.
This could all happen as soon as this week.