MANCHESTER UNITED could turn to England boss Gareth Southgate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after previously blocking the Three Lions gaffer’s route into management.
However, one stumbling block towards a potential deal is the fact United tried to stop Southgate becoming a manager in the first place.
Old Trafford chiefs attempted to block his entry into management at Boro.
Southgate, 49, was handed the Riverside Stadium gig to replace England-bound Steve McClaren in 2006, when he was still taking his coaching Pro Licence badge.
It meant he needed dispensation from Premier League clubs to take the job.
Southgate’s appointment was approved by 19 votes to one.
United, where Sir Alex Ferguson was not impressed, were the sole opposition.
However, the under-fire Norwegian insists United fans do still back him as he looks to turn the club’s fortunes around.
Waiting in the wings, however, is Mauricio Pochettino.
The former Tottenham manager wants the Old Trafford gig over the one that could be his at Arsenal.
Pochettino was axed by the North London club last month and is thought to be looking for a swift return to management.
However, it was has been claimed Poch will have to pay Spurs £12.5m if he takes another English top-flight job this season.