Two world-class coaches have been tipped to be in frame to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager at Old Trafford.
After losing their opening game 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace, United crashed to a catastrophic 6-1 Old Trafford loss to Tottenham before the international break.
They won their sole top-flight match sandwiched between those defeats but only narrowly with an extremely late penalty giving them a 3-2 win over Brighton, who hit the woodwork five times.
Solskjaer’s managerial ability has been questioned as a result, with the United boss now working with a stronger squad than in previous years.
And it is the world’s worst-kept secret that former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is admired by the United hierarchy.
The Argentine, who also worked in the Premier League at Southampton, has been out of a job for nearly 12 months after being surprisingly sacked by Spurs.
Yet his achievements with the north London club included four straight top-four finishes – with their second place in 2016-17 their best campaign since 1962-63 – and taking them to the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
However, despite the long-standing interest in Pochettino’s services, Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window Podcast says he is not the only coach who would be in the frame to replace Solskjaer.
Allegri has also been identified as an alternative, having been out of work since leaving Juventus in the summer of 2019.
Frank Lampard on the other hand will have tough choice to make as Chelsea face Southampton on Saturday. This is because he has gone with 4-2-3-1 on three occasions in the Premier League, with a 4-3-3 in the match against Liverpool.
Recall that he lost the game against Liverpool by 2-0.
With 4-2-3-1 he has gotten good results as his last game against Crystal Palace ended in 4-0.
Which formation are we likely to see against Southampton?