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Ole's at the wheel but no way around next road block

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A stay of execution? Or a corner turned?

It's worth reminding ourselves at this stage that Mauricio Pochettino is unemployed.

United aren't clear yet of actual relegation danger because everyone in that pile from Sheffield United down are in the woods. Solskjaer might be one of the most likeable men on earth but until Mourinho came back to town, he was getting zero response from his players.

Now, we wait and see if it was a one-off as form would suggest. Now, it's none other than Man City away.

Another round of fixtures this weekend means it isn't going to get any easier for the man Ed Woodward is backing to the hilt.

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The fixtures for this week are below so we'll give you some help.

Man City v Man United
(Saturday, 5.30pm)

The good news is United have gotten a vital three points on the board and they play Alkmaar at home on Thursday so that should be two wins from three by the time the week's out. The bad news is they're away to the champions.

City aren't exactly breaking records this season - did they leave any unbroken last year? But what better way to focus the minds than inflict severe pain on their city rivals in front of their home crowd under lights?

Knocked in four on Tuesday with De Bruyne and Sterling not even involved in those goals.

Prediction: City 3-0 United

Aston Villa v Leicester
(Sunday, 2pm)

The Villa crowd have been immense for them at home so far and Dean Smith's team has been playing some beautiful football.

They're attacking, they're daring and they're open but they have an impressive goal difference of -2 so far which is unique to their position in the table. Jack Grealish is playing way beyond the level obviously required to get an England call-up. He already has as many goals and assists as Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi and Harry Winks have combined this season.

And it's another derby - but one against league contenders. Villa will do well to get a result here - but they are doing well. At home at least.

Leicester had a late win against Everton and were unconvincing in their win on Wednesday. But they keep winning.

Prediction: Villa 1-2 Leicester 

Brighton v Wolves

(Sunday, 4.30pm)

Two of the most exciting managers in football, Nuno Santo and Graham Potter make a mockery of the old managerial merry-go-round that dropped off the same mediocre figures cyclically - and stayed in the same spot of course.

Two teams who are a joy to watch, who try to win games because that's the best way of getting points and who have a real chance of genuine progress this season because of the cluster in the massive middle section of the table.

Brighton are fresh from a win at Arsenal, but everyone beats Arsenal. Wolves, unbeaten in 10, are showing no European hangovers. They are pushing on further still.

Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Wolves

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