The former Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino is the most wanted man in Manchester City and United as the two Premier League club managers face uncertainty over their careers.

United is keen on the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino after a wretched start of the season that has seen Solskjaer lose two of his opening three games. However, the Old Trafford chiefs are aware their rivals Manchester City are eyeing Pochettino as their preferred candidate to replace Pep Guardiola who has shown no sign of signing a contract extension.

Pochettino has been out of football for almost a year. During the summer, he made it clear he wanted a return to the Premier League.

And as it seems, one of the Manchester clubs could offer him the kind of opportunity he has been waiting for.

Solskjaer will be given time to turn around results after delivering a return to the Champions League. However, there is an acceptance in the club that a lack of pre-season preparation following United’s progress to the Europa semi-finals in August has left the squad under prepared.

All the same, Paul Pogba’s come and get me plea to Real Madrid in the international break has strengthened beliefs that a more forceful managerial presence is necessary.

At City, Guardiola’s future continues to be a regular subject amongst the players. He insisted at the beginning of the season of his openness to stay at City beyond his fifth year.

But, his body language speaks otherwise. His dour at the club has endured a tricky start to the season, dropping five points from their three opening games.

At Barcelona, Guardiola waited until a month before the end of the contract before announcing he was leaving to take a sabbatical in 2012. At Bayern Munich, he left his decision to reject the German club offer of a new contract until December 2015. Is this what he plans to do again? No one is aware.

Nonetheless, the Manchester clubs are aware of Pochettino is not going to be on the market forever.