The Five Coaches That Could Replace Mourinho

He may be busy demanding respect, but there is no escaping the fact that Jose Mourinho is under pressure at Manchester United.

‘Third season syndrome’ appears to be a thing for the Portuguese boss and it looks like it is kicking in early this time around.

United didn’t have a great pre-season, with Mourinho openly criticising the board after the 4-1 hammering by Liverpool in Michigan, and now they’ve lost back-to-back Premier League games against Brighton and Tottenham.

He hasn’t managed to land his transfer targets and the fans are losing their patience with the disappointing brand of football that is being produced.

It has even got to the point where the bookmakers have him as the favourite to be the first manager to be sacked this season.

But would changing manager really be the right move for United?

Here are the names we believe could be in the running to take the Old Trafford hotseat if it comes up…

Zinedine Zidane

Out of work after opting to quit Real Madrid this summer, now bookies’ favourite Zidane is looking for his next challenge.

More than anything, United will be encouraged by his impeccable record in the Champions League. In three years, he has still never been knocked out as a manager.

Zidane was clearly a popular figure in the dressing room too, which could help when it comes to potential incomings in years to come if United were to pick him.

The initial instincts are that Zidane will return to management in the future, with Juventus also linked.

Massimiliano Allegri

The current Juventus boss is linked with every top Premier League job going when it becomes available.

He is just a Champions League away from winning everything that he possibly can do at Juve – and now has Cristiano Ronaldo to boost his chances of doing so.

Allegri admitted that he turned down Real Madrid when Zidane left, so it might take a mammoth contract offer to convince him to move to United.

But he is one of the most in-demand managers about who has a track record of getting the best out of players – including Paul Pogba.

Mauricio Pochettino

He conquered Old Trafford on Monday, but could he call it his home soon?

Pochettino has turned Tottenham into one of the country’s top teams but hasn’t quite converted them into title contenders.

Frustrations of his own in the transfer window this summer might mean that he considers looking elsewhere if a lucrative offer is placed on the table.

It would be a sensible appointment by United, given that he is proven to play an exciting brand of football, which would help get United fans back on side.

The bookmakers had him as short as 2/1 to be the next man in over the summer, but his odds have lengthened since.

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