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Man United could find Solskjaer’s ideal successor in Brendan Rodgers

Manchester United could find their ideal successor to current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being linked with a move for Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.

What’s the story?

The Norwegian tactician has been coming under increased pressure after a poor run of results in recent weeks, with speculation mounting regarding his position at the Old Trafford helm.

Several star names such as Zinedine Zidane and Ralf Rangnick have been touted as possible replacements, but now a new contender has reportedly jumped to the front of the queue.

According to CaughtOffside, Rodgers is ‘ready to take over’ at United and ‘significant progress’ is already being made over the 48-year-old’s potential appointment.

The report states that: “Sources close to the current managerial situation at United have now informed CaughtOffside that significant progress is being made on appointing Rodgers, though some hurdles remain.

“Although Rodgers is ready to take over at Man Utd, CaughtOffside understands that his preference would be to wait until next season.”

Who would make the better Man Utd manager?

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

He could be Solskjaer’s ideal successor

Rodgers has established himself as one of the most exciting and promising young managers in the Premier League since joining the Foxes in February 2019.

In 129 matches in charge at the King Power Stadium, the Northern Irishman has averaged 1.77 points per game, consecutive fifth-place finishes as well as winning the FA Cup and Community Shield.

His impressive work in the Midlands comes off the back of two-and-a-half years worth of outstanding success in the Celtic dugout, where he claimed seven major trophies and took the Hoops back to the Champions League.

Although he was ultimately unsuccessful at United’s bitter rivals Liverpool, Rodgers appears to have learned many significant lessons throughout his career since his time on Merseyside.

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And the attack-minded coach has been tipped for greatness for many years. His former tutor Jose Mourinho was asked if he was impressed with Rodgers’ time at Leicester back in 2020, and the now Roma boss didn’t hold back in his praise.

“I’m not impressed, I know how good he is,” said Mourinho. “When I met him as a young coach in the academy and coming to join us in the first team and sharing with us many moments, I understood that he was a young guy with a great future.

“So anything he’s doing in his career is not a surprise for me, not at all. He’s very talented, he was and probably still is a guy who likes to study, learn and improve. He’s creative, he knows what he wants. He’s a very good coach. Period. He’s a very good coach, so it’s not a surprise for me.”

Therefore, Rodgers could be the perfect candidate to come in and carry on the good work that Solskjaer has started in the red half of Manchester, adding the final tactical nouse that’s needed to bring silverware back to the Theatre of Dreams.

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