Man Utd keen on Sporting Lisbon coach Bento
And he comes highly recommended by countryman Carlos Queiroz, who quit as United No 2 last week to become national team coach.
Bento has guided Lisbon to runners-up spot in the league three campaigns in a row and has won them three cups.
Bento, who played 35 times for Portugal, will raise his profile at United - even with Sporting being in the Champions League.
He has leapt ahead of fellow candidates Pako Ayesteran and Laurent Blanc.