How Manchester United could look under Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino now Jose Mourinho has been sacked

Manchester United have given Jose Mourinho the boot following a terrible start to the season.

Disastrous results in the Premier League has cost him his job with United picking up 26 points in their first 17 league games; their worst points haul in the top-flight at this stage since the 1990/91 campaign.

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Pochettino is reportedly being lined up to replace Mourinho

United say they are waiting until the end of the season to appoint a permanent replacement, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer filling in for the time being in a caretaker role.

One name linked with the permanent job is Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Chief exec Ed Woodward tried in 2016 to bring the Argentine to Manchester when Louis van Gaal was sacked, Sir Alex Ferguson is a big fan, and it’s likely the club will be doing their utmost to get him this time around.

After leading Spurs from scraping to the Europa League to regularly finishing in the Champions League spaces, it’s clear to see the attraction of hiring the 46-year-old.

And it’s understood Pochettino wants to be considered for the job.

But how might ‘Poch’ assemble the current United squad, given they are in such disarray?

Below, talkSPORT.com looks at how they could line up under him if he is tasked with fixing the mess that is the Manchester United team.

Goalkeeper

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The Spaniard will certainly stay in goal under Pochettino

Perhaps the easiest decision Poch would have to make if he got the United job, sticking with David de Gea over Sergio Romero or Lee Grant in goal.

Hugo Lloris excelled for the Argentine, regularly bouncing back from mistakes to deliver top-class performances but De Gea edges out Lloris.

Defence

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Three ball-playing defenders for Poch to work with

A back three of Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo probably sounds like something straight out of a United fan’s nightmare.

But the three defenders are all aggressive out of possession, comfortable on the ball and work well under pressure. Poch plays three at the back to great effect at Spurs and would not be averse to trying it at United.

Rojo has a wonderful left foot and could be entrusted to start attacks from deep to find the pacy attackers up front.

Midfield

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The wing backs can bomb up and down knowing they are covered

Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw are perhaps the only bright sparks to come from this torrid season at United – both full-backs love to attack down their flanks.

Pochettino has given both Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies the freedom to get forward and put dangerous crosses into the opposition for Tottenham.

Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are not exactly Keane and Scholes, but United fans would happily settle for their defensive nous when covering the wing-backs.

Attacking midfield

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Pogba would get the freedom to roam

Talented and temperamental in equal measure, Pochettino would relish the challenge of managing the enigmatic Paul Pogba.

A World Cup winner with France, the midfielder clearly has talent. However, he feels as though current boss Mourinho is stifling his attacking instincts.

In just three years, Pochettino helped Dele Alli become one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe by granting the youngster freedom to roam into the opposition box and create chances. Pogba could thrive with such instruction.

Attack

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Rooney and Ronaldo part II?

Towards the end of Van Gaal’s reign, the Dutchman played Marcus Rashford alongside Anthony Martial and the pair wreaked havoc – their sheer pace terrified defenders.

Both men have clearly got talent and, given they are both so young, have so much time to work on their chemistry together.

Blessed with quick feet, predatory instincts and the knack for producing the spectacular, these starlets could thrive under Pochettino and fire United up the table.

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