Four potential replacement for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

It’s been a rough start to season for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, and just last night they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby County.

Things are so bad that you can now get very low odds with free bets UK punters on Mourinho still being in his job beyond Christmas.

That latest shock result was masterminded by Frank Lampard, Mourinho’s former partner in crime when he was winning Premier League titles as the Chelsea manager.

Those days are long gone though and now the Portuguese finds himself in something of a power struggle with Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.

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The outspoken midfielder won’t captain the Red Devils again following his latest comments to the media but fans are divided over whether the Frenchman should have kept quiet or been honest about the current situation.

Either way, there could be changes in the hot seat so we have taken a look at some of the potential candidates to succeed him.

Zinedine Zidane

The French football legend left Real Madrid on his own terms at the end of last having chalked up a third successive Champions League title, and he has already been heavily linked with a move to Manchester at some point in the future.

There have even been reports suggesting that Zidane has told friends that would like to take on the top job at Old Trafford.

While Zidane succeeded in Europe with Real Madrid, he managed only one league title and his pragmatic, almost Serie A, style of football might not go down too well with the United faithful.

If United are to plump for a big name then they don’t come much bigger than the man who is one of the most respected figures in football.

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur have become one of the Premier League’s most stable clubs in recent seasons, though they have yet to win anything under Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine has been in charge of Spurs since 2014 having cut his teeth in England, and his best finish to date is second in the 2016/17 season.

Pochettino has proven that he can build a competitive, close knit squad on a budget, with the Tottenham board maintaining their firm wage structure during his tenure.

His loyalty to the club was emphasised by the new five-year deal that he agreed to in May of this year, but the links to Manchester United have persisted throughout his tenure.

Diego Simeone

Despite interest from the likes of Chelsea, enigmatic Argentine Diego Simeone has remained loyal to Atletico Madrid and their bid to rein supreme in Spain ahead of the traditional superpowers.

Simeone has been in charge of Atletico for almost seven years, delivering seven trophies in that time, but the Champions League has proven too difficult to crack so far.

With a strong squad at his disposal, this season again sees them among Europe’s top sides with the potential to go one better than the runners up medals they picked up in 2014 and 2016.

Should Mourinho depart Old Trafford at any stage, expect United to have Simeone close to the top of their wish list.

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Massimiliano Allegri

Juventus have been the dominant force in Serie A for as long as you can remember, with Max Allegri the architect of their last four title wins.

The 51-year-old has also guided the Old Lady to two Champions League Finals, only to lose out to Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid on each occasion.

With Cristiano Ronaldo on board for the 2017/18 season, it feels like Allegri is priming his squad for one last crack at claiming Europe’s biggest honour.

Whether he succeeds or fails, it could well be time for the Italian to have a change of scene, and he has already been linked with a move to the Premier League when Arsenal were looking for a replacement for Arsene Wenger.

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