How Man Utd could line-up under Mauricio Pochettino, should he replace Jose Mourinho

JOSE MOURINHO is under increasing pressure at Manchester United this season after a string of poor results and rows with players and the board this season.

The Special One, 55, is now the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League sacking victim.

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Amidst all the speculation over who would replace Mourinho at Old Trafford, one name keeps popping up: Mauricio Pochettino.

The Tottenham boss has been a target for United for years – with Real Madrid also intrigued.

Now United are preparing to make their official move, having been told it will cost £40million to land Pochettino.

But, there's certainly plenty of signs to suggest Poch could be the perfect man to take over the reins at Old Trafford.

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After all, United have a squad full of attacking, young players – two of Poch's strongest areas.

Using his nous for developing youth and setting up his team in a non-Jose way – plus a few Spurs buys – here's how United could look under Poch.

GOALKEEPER

David De Gea

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DESPITE having his one-year contract extension triggered, De Gea's future still looks uncertain.

United chiefs opted to extend his stay at Old Trafford in the hope he may change his mind and stay – as well as ensure clubs can't snap him up for free.

Under new leadership, De Gea could easily be talked into staying – especially with partner Edurne keen to stay in Manchester.

DEFENCE

Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Toby Alderweireld, Luke Shaw

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FOR years United have toyed with a borderline-offensive back-four made of makeshift wingers and in recent cases even out-and-out midfielders.

However, in Dalot – now back from injury – United appear to have a real gem of a full-back, with Mourinho saying even Gary Neville would be proud.

That combined with a resurgent Shaw gives two quality full-backs – both with superb, long-term potential.

Alderweireld has been keen on a culture change for a while too, but despite not playing so much now is still a favourite of Pochettino's.

Should the Belgian be given a new lease of life in a fresh start, he could be the answer to United's centre-back woes.

Alderweireld would work well alongside Bailly – when fully fit – in what would look like a very strong back-four.

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