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Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw opens door to Tottenham transfer

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Luke Shaw has revealed he wants to play under Mauricio Pochettino again after previously playing under the Argentine at Southampton.

The 22-year-old full back has been linked with a reunion with Pochettino at Tottenham and the England international has opened the door to such a move.

Shaw, writing in Guillem Balague's Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs, also revealed Pochettino used to call him 'son' during their one-year spell together on the south coast.

'He used to call me his son,' writes Shaw in the book's epilogue. 'That's how good our relationship was. I've had lots of ups and downs, but when I was with Pochettino it was only ever up, up, up.

'He made me feel that I was the best. He'd show me clips of my games and say, "You could do this better". Not in a horrible way. Not I could have done better, but I should have done better, because he knows I can be better.

'I think with Southampton he achieved the impossible. We were one of the best footballing teams in the league… I do hope that I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again.'

Shaw has been in and out of Manchester United's team since joining the club in a £30million deal back in June 2014.

Former United boss Louis van Gaal hit out at his fitness within a month of Shaw moving to Old Trafford.

Shaw was in his best United form when he broke his leg in September 2015 and he has failed to hold down a starting spot ever since.

Jose Mourinho has also criticised his form and fitness since taking over the reins from Van Gaal and he looks to be heading towards the exit door.

Shaw, who came on for the last three minutes of United's midweek win over Swansea in the Carabao Cup, could be involved in a swap deal which would see Danny Rose go the other way.

Rose said in August that he wanted to move to a 'northern team' to be closer to his mum.

The 27-year-old started his career at Leeds before joining Tottenham in 2007.

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v England cricketers Moeen Ali & James Anderson

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Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend - but could they lose more ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City when they face in-form Tottenham on Saturday?

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "United flunked at Huddersfield and, as bad as Liverpool were at Wembley, Tottenham played very well to beat them 4-1.

"But I don't see United losing again. They rolled over in the first half against the Terriers but there is no way Jose Mourinho is going to let Spurs beat his side at Old Trafford."

Lawro is going for a 1-1 draw - do you agree? You can make your own predictions now, take on Lawro and other fans, create your own league and try to make it to the top of the table by playing the new-look BBC Sport Predictor game.

Lawro scored 70 points in week nine, which saw him slip to 3,152nd place out of more than 240,000 users.

He will be making a prediction for all 380 top-flight games this season, against a variety of guests.

Lawro, who beat Joe Root last week, takes on two of his England cricket team-mates for this weekend's fixtures - all-rounder Moeen Ali and bowler James Anderson, who will make their predictions on Friday.

A correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth 10 points. The exact score earns 40 points.

Remember you can try to beat Lawro by playing the BBC Sport Predictor game.

All kick-offs 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.

I was at United's defeat at Huddersfield last week and the worrying thing for me about it was that Mourinho's side had no fight about them in the first half.

It was a horrible day in the wind and rain and, to begin with, the Terriers were the only team that turned up. They got really tight on United and, apart from David de Gea in goal, no-one performed for them - they were like the invisible team.

United were better on Tuesday in their win over Swansea in the Carabao Cup, though, and I am expecting another improvement from them this weekend.

This is a little bit of a crossroads game for United, more than it is for Spurs. Mourinho's side made a really good start and had 20 points from their first eight games, including their draw at Anfield - which I thought was a decent result by the way.

But then they lost at Huddersfield and if they fall over again here then they could be eight points behind City, who go to West Brom on Saturday.

Tottenham, who are level on points with United, have title aspirations of their own of course - and this is a big week for them as they host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

A draw at Old Trafford would be a good result for them. For any of the top six teams. if they can go away to one of their direct rivals and get a point, I think they will be happy with that.

I thought Arsenal were got a bit lucky with some of the refereeing decisions that went their way in their Carabao Cup win over Norwich on Tuesday.

The Gunners are not looking totally convincing at the moment, but they are scoring goals and winning games - and they demolished Everton last weekend.

Swansea usually try to shut up shop when they go away from home - they have only conceded one goal in four away league games so far this season.

They will probably try that tactic again but I don't see them holding out at Emirates Stadium, and it is hard to see them causing many problems at the other end.

The Welsh side lost at home to Leicester last time out, and again their lack of cutting edge was evident.

Swansea are in the bottom six at the moment, and it looks like they will staying there for the duration.

West Ham's win over Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday was a super result for them and their under-pressure manager Slaven Bilic.

If the reports at the start of the week that Bilic had two games to save his job are true, then he needs a similar outcome at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Bilic would definitely settle for a repeat of what happened this time last year, when West Ham went to Palace after taking one point from their previous five Premier League games - and won.

I don't see it happening, though.

Crystal Palace were unlucky to lose at Newcastle in their last game - they had enough of the play, and enough chances, to take something from the game but could not convert any of them.

If the Eagles play like that again, they will get something out of this one.

I have got it wrong when I have backed Liverpool recently - but this is definitely a game I expect them to win.

What is more important than my prediction is what Reds boss Jurgen Klopp does with his team after their heavy defeat at Tottenham.

Will he stick with his defenders and goalkeeper and say to them: 'You were awful last week, but go and prove to me you are better than that?'

Huddersfield were fantastic against United, and got exactly what they deserved - but I am expecting to see a reaction from Liverpool, which is why I am backing them again this week too.

I am starting to get a bit worried about Stoke, whose problems continued with a home defeat by Bournemouth last week, and Potters boss Mark Hughes is another Premier League manager who badly needs a win.

I don't think Hughes will get it at Watford, though. Yes, Stoke might get some joy against the Hornets defence but I don't see them holding out for a clean sheet, because they are making too many mistakes at the back.

West Brom are another side on a bad run. They have not won in the league since August, while Manchester City are the last Premier League team to remain unbeaten this season.

I don't see City losing here, although I do not see West Brom boss Tony Pulis letting them run up a cricket score against the Baggies.

The problem for West Brom is they have no chance of getting a result if they are all over the place defensively.

Pulis has built his team on being very solid at the back, but they cannot score or even create many opportunities.

Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone despite their win at Stoke, and I think they will stay there for at least another week.

Chelsea beat Cherries comfortably home and away last season and should be too strong this time too.

The Blues showed plenty of fight to come back to beat Watford last week, which you would expect with Antonio Conte in charge.

They are not going to seriously challenge for the title, but they are not just going to disappear - and I would back them to definitely finish in the top four again.

This is the first time this particular south coast derby has been played in the top flight since 1983 and there will be a great atmosphere, although neither side would count the other as their main rivals.

Southampton have got more quality in their squad, especially up front. They already look comfortable in mid-table and I don't see them dropping much further than that.

Brighton got a great win against West Ham last time out, and they just keep ticking along nicely - and keep picking up points, especially at home.

Both sides would probably be happy with a draw, which is exactly what I think they will get.

I understand why Leicester have gone for Claude Puel as their new manager because he is so experienced, including his time in the Premier League with Southampton.

I don't know who Everton will go for to replace Ronald Koeman but, in the meantime, it will be interesting to see how their caretaker boss, David Unsworth, looks to try to change things.

It is going to be hard for anyone to change things before the transfer window opens in January.

I don't think the Toffees' fortunes will improve here and, whoever gets the job, they look like they will be facing a season of firefighting,

I have been very impressed by Newcastle, who have been doing much better than I have been predicting they will.

Much like Burnley, the Magpies are well organised and well drilled, and are difficult to beat.

This game is going to be very close, but I am backing Newcastle to come out on top - just.

Last week, Lawro got four correct results, including one perfect scores, from 10 matches, for a total of 70 points.

He beat England cricket captain Joe Root, who got five results correct but with no perfect scores, for a total of 50 points.

*Foster and Cram both provided predictions on week one, but only Foster's score contributes to the guest total.

Lawro's worst score: 40 points (week four v Umenyiora and Bell, and week five v Non Stanford)

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Manolo hopes to light up the ElClasicoast with more derby heroics

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Manolo Gabbiadini will be hoping to emulate his 'Derby della Lanterna' heroics by lighting up the ElClasicoast on Sunday.

Saints’ trip to Brighton & Hove Albion will be Gabbiadini’s first derby for the club.

It takes him him back to his winning goal in the 'Derby of the Lantern' in September 2014.

He smiles as he recalls his fortuitous free kick for Sampdoria against Genoa, whose derby is named after their city's lighthouse.

Gabbiadini's 75th-minute free-kick, an inswinging left-footed cross from the right flank, crept in at the far post as Sampdoria beat their arch rivals 1-0 to win one of Italy’s most historic derbies at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, the ground the clubs share.

Saints’ v Brighton & Hove Albion may be a far cry from that or indeed clashes against Pompey.

But the Seagulls have the potential to develop into regular adversaries following last season's promotion to the Premier League.

“In the Premier League it doesn’t matter who you play,” said Gabbiadini.

“You could have been in the Premier League for 20 years or you could be newly-promoted.

“But whoever you come up against you need to play with your heart and you need to play with your head.”

The Italian striker also has a two-legged World Cup qualification play-off to look forward to against Sweden in a fortnight’s time.

But he is not letting that distract him as Saints prepare for Sunday’s big game.

“There are two very important games coming up, against Brighton and Burnley, only after them will I be able to think about Italy,” he said.

After beginning his Saints career with six goals in his first four appearances, Gabbiadini’s brace in the recent 2-2 with Newcastle United was a very welcome after one goal in 16 outings.

“Perhaps the opposition knows me more this season,” he continued. “That’s not to say last season was easy in any way.

“Last season was very difficult, but the most important thing is that I keep working and keep improving.”

Last week’s 1-0 win against West Brom was also very timely, with Sofiane Boufal's sensational goal providing some momentum to take to the Amex.

“Both myself and team are in good form at the moment, we’re feeling ready and are just focused on getting three points on Sunday,” continued Gabbiadini.

“It’s a team game, if a striker scores it’s often from the good work of his teammates - the most important thing is we fight together and win together.

“The way the team’s playing is similar to last season, we have largely the same players and have made some very good additions in the transfer market.

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Mauricio Pellegrino could be the next Prem manager in line for the sack

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SOUTHAMPTON has been a conveyor belt for managers in the past few seasons.

They were hammered when they replaced Nigel Adkins for Mauricio Pochettino in January 2013 but the Argentinian justified the decision and excelled for 18 months before taking over at Tottenham.

Ronald Koeman was next in line and, again, did well during his two years in charge as he took them into Europe before jumping ship for Everton. After being sacked from Goodison Park, no doubt Koeman probably regrets it.

Frenchman Claude Puel had a strange year in charge last season, reaching and then unfortunately losing the League Cup final and then his reign rather petered out as they became dull and boring to watch.

Mauricio Pellegrino, 46, was in line for other jobs before getting Southampton but did not have the best CV, having started his coaching career alongside Rafa Benitez at Liverpool and then had mixed spells in charge of Valencia, Estudiantes, Independiente and Alaves.

Maybe the fact he was linked to Crystal Palace and also that he was another former Argentinian centre half and Pochettino was so successful that it tempted Southampton into taking what must be seen as something of a gamble.

This is an appointment that Southampton, who have made steady and impressive progression in the past four years, do not want to get wrong.

It stalled a little under Puel, below, the softly spoken Frenchman who could not find the right balance between attack and defence. It was a shock to no-one when he left after a year in charge.

Southampton are still struggling for goals at home under Pellegrino. They have managed just six goals in as many Premier League games at St Mary’s, all does not seem to be completely well among the players either.

Sofiane Boufal scored a late winner against West Brom last week, unhappy at being a periphery figure, the £16m forward made a point of going over to celebrate in front of Pellegrino. He was clearly making a point.

James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond made the England squad last season and now they regularly find themselves on the bench.

Midfielder Oriol Romeu, above, has been one of the most unsung players in the Premier League but there is a danger that he could begin to coast.

Is Pellegrino pushing Southampton’s players in training? Is he connecting with them on the training ground? Can he find the right blend to push Southampton forward again?

There seems to be genuine questions for a club not afraid to change managers but it only works with the right appointments. And Pellegrino must prove he is the right man.

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