With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already coming under immense pressure this season, the rumour mill was quick to link Antonio Conte with the Manchester United job - should the Norweigen be let go.
According to one source, the former Chelsea boss would have two key requirements before he could consider taking on the job.
As things stand, Solskjaer very much remains in charge at Old Trafford, having overseen the club's midweek comeback win over Atalanta in the Champions League.
However, after a sluggish start to the Premier League season, question marks still remain over the coach's ability to get the very best out of an immensely talented squad.
This doubt has led to numerous managers being linked with the manager's job at United in recent weeks, nobody more so than Conte.
While the Italian appears well suited for the task, having previously guided Chelsea to a Premier League title, United insider Duncan Castles claims that Conte would need some assurances before agreeing to take the job.
Speaking on Reach PLC's Transfer Window podcast, Castles said: "I think there are two obvious candidates in terms of coaches who have achieved at the top level of the game, who are out of work and would be available to Manchester United without compensation fees."
"One is Zinedine Zidane and one is Antonio Conte. Conte's position, I'm told, is that he is interested in the Manchester United job but not without restrictions.
"Antonio Conte, when he chooses his next club, wants a club where he can win the Champions League."
Conte left his previous role at Inter Milan, in large part, due to a lack of financial support from the ownership. After claiming the Serie A title last season, the 52-year-old was effectively told that the club's best players would then be sold off.
Financial assurances and the freedom to recruit without too many restrictions are therefore seen as vitally important to the manager, whose chief goal is to now win the Champions League.
"He wants to demonstrate, he's wanted to do it for a long time, that he is one of the very best coaches in world football," Castles added.
"To do that he knows he has to win the Champions League, so Manchester United are interesting because of the squad they've got, because of their status and because of the resource that is behind them."
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