JOSE MOURINHO could be on his way out of Manchester United - with Zinedine Zidane reportedly being lined up to replace him.
The Special One has been in a stormy mood this pre-season during the Red Devils' tour of the United States.
And the 55-year-old has a history of third-season meltdowns, which has United officials worried.
In fact, it was evident at his last job at Chelsea where the Blues, after winning the Premier League, were left in a disastrous position before his sacking.
Guus Hiddink arrived to steady the ship and took them from 16th to 10th.
And the evidence of a similar situation is already starting to play itself out.
Mourinho has taken a pop at his squad, individual players and even the club's hierarchy.
It has left Old Trafford staff - players and officials - stunned by the Portuguese coach's behaviour.
So much so, that United chiefs have a contingency plan should he fail to see out the remaining two years on his contract.
And according to The Sun, former Real Madrid manager Zidane is the man touted to take over.
The Frenchman left Los Blancos at his peak after winning the Champions League three times in a row.
With his stock still high, United chiefs want him at their club - with every other top European club's managerial situation secure.
Paris St-Germain and Juventus, two other teams the Frenchman has been linked with, have Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri safely at the helm.