With rumours regarding David Moyes reaching fever pitch ahead of reported changes this week, a whole host of the game's top managers are being linked with any potential opening at the club.
And it's not just elite bosses that are being talked about with regards to taking the reins at Old Trafford, but also ex-players such as Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt.
So it isn't surprising to see individuals that qualify for both categories drawing the attention of the media, and there are few former United players as successful in their managerial careers as Paris Saint-Germain's Laurent Blanc.
Blanc arrived for a stint in Manchester at the tail end of his career, spending his final two playing seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson and playing his part as the side won the League in 2003. The former defender moved into management in 2007 with Bordeaux and won the league the season after.
A tough spell in charge of the French national team ended after the side exited Euro 2012 at the quarterfinal stage, and this season has seen Blanc take command at Parc des Princes, where he looks certain to win his second Ligue 1 title having already won the Coup de la Ligue with the Parisians.
With just a year left to run on his current deal, PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi has made it clear he sees Blanc at the club for a longer period, indirectly ruling him out of the running for any possible role at United should Moyes be cut loose.
Sky Sports has reported that Al-Khelafi is set to offer the World Cup winner an extended deal to 2016, and told L'Equipe: "Laurent Blanc will stay with us."
"He is very happy and there is no reason for him not to stay."
With the Manchester United situation set to become clearer over the coming days, it may be that Al-Khelafi's desire to keep hold of his man may be tested to the limit.