Who could replace Van Gaal at Manchester United?

Just when it seemed Louis van Gaal had steadied the ship at Manchester United, briefly silencing talk about his future, a 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday has him firmly in the spotlight once more.

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The Red Devils have now suffered six defeats in the Premier League so far this season, including losses to lowly Swansea City, Norwich and Bournemouth, and many feel the Dutchman is lucky to have survived this long.

So who could step into the Manchester United hot seat if in fact Van Gaal is relieved of his duties? FourFourTwo takes a close look at some contenders.

1. Ryan Giggs – Manchester United assistant

If the powers-that-be at United decide a change needs to be made immediately, Giggs would have to be the overwhelming favourite to fill the breach. A playing assistant to David Moyes from the start of the 2013-14 season, he took over for the final four matches of that campaign when Moyes was unceremoniously dumped after just 10 months, the Welshman picking up two wins and a draw from his four matches in charge.

He wants the job – he hoped to get the nod full time when Van Gaal was appointed – and few know the club as well as he does. The only query would be whether he’s ready yet for such a big step up on a permanent basis.