When it comes to on-field matters, there is one alarm bell ringing louder than most at Manchester United.

Okay, the humiliating defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool might suggest otherwise.

It's a result that might yet have drastic consequences for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his position with the Premier League giants. For now, though, it looks as though the hierarchy are going to stick by their man.

That seems, in a nutshell, to be simply delaying the inevitable. And it is in the dugout and boardroom is where the current issues at Old Trafford lie.

Solskjaer has been backed in the transfer market and, after signing three marquee players during the summer, has a United squad built to his specification. Raphael Varane, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo would, arguably, walk into any team in this division.

Issuing a triple statement of intent during the latest transfer window, key figures responsible for deals missed out the much-needed top-level defensive midfield player.

Jadon Sancho, Varane and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo accounted for a large chunk of the budget. As eye-catching as those arrivals might have been, though, the elephant in the room was not addressed.

Scott McTominay and Fred have been the trusted two; affectionately (or otherwise) labelled as 'McFred' given the constant air time handed to them by Solskjaer.

That area is the biggest problem for United to address right now - and one potential successor might even be able to fix it without spending a single penny.

Much has been made about Antonio Conte and his managerial methods.

Not immediately deemed to be the United mould, the important trademark he and the Old Trafford giants pride on is a winning mentality. Formations, tactics and players pale into insignificance.

Even so, his first order of business - if appointed - would be to call upon two familiar faces.

Paul Pogba was a standout performer for Conte at Juventus and the particular partnership resulted in two Serie A titles at a time when the Old Lady simply dominated the Italian game.

Very much at the hub of that success, Pogba won the division's player of the season in 2013/2014.

Certainly at club level, the World Cup winner has yet to consistently replicate that form - although there is still time for Conte to see his own 'great champion' prediction for the Frenchman come true.

Paul Pogba and Antonio Conte embrace during their stint together at Juventus.

Speaking about Pogba in 2014, he said: "He's got great potential and could be a great player, both offensively and defensively for Juventus. That's me saying this. Remember, I used to be up and down the field myself in my playing days.

"Paul [Pogba] can fulfil his potential and become a great champion. It's our duty to make him grow, in the right way, in order to understand the game and to adapt to different situations."

A would-be reunion might be on the cards. It represents a final shot at success for Pogba at United.

Juventus was not the only great Italian team put together by Conte, though.

The former Chelsea coach only departed Inter Milan this summer. It was a decision taken on financial basis, too, after steering them to a first Scudetto in over a decade. Conte and trophies go hand in hand.

One key part of that line-up was tentative United target Marcelo Brozovic; a high-quality holding player.

In short, the Croatian - who like Pogba enjoyed a great relationship with Conte - becomes a free agent in less than 12 months and, really, ought to be included on any United shortlist for that position.

Combined with a hungry and revitalised Pogba, that could be the solution to United's biggest on-field problem.

In order for that to happen, though, an even bigger and cut-throat decision needs to be made first.

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