Ed Woodward remains reluctant to get rid of Jose Mourinho despite Manchester United’s woeful start to the season, though has identified Mauricio Pochettino as the outstanding candidate to replace him.
The Red Devils have endured a miserable week, drawing at home to Wolves and Valencia, knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby County and losing away to West Ham.
Mourinho’s position at the club is becoming increasingly precarious, while his relationship with several player – most notably club-record signing Paul Pogba – is at breaking point after a series of spats.
Mourinho failed to win four straight home games for the first time in his career (Getty) Executive vice-chairman Woodward is still willing to give Mourinho time, but, according to the Independent, if he is sacked the club will try to bring in Tottenham boss Pochettino as his replacement. Although Zinedine Zidane has been heavily linked with the job, key figures at Old Trafford are not convinced he is the right fit, with Real Madrid having demanded a very different skillset.
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