Manchester United are reportedly becoming increasingly confident of being able to name Brendan Rodgers as their next manager should they decide to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
What’s the story?
The current Red Devils boss has been coming under increasing pressure in recent weeks as results and performances have continued to be extremely underwhelming.
It’s a run of form that has seen several star names linked with replacing Solskjaer in the Old Trafford dugout, with Rodgers now appearing to be at the top of the hierarchy’s wishlist.
According to the Daily Star’s Jeremy Cross, the Northern Irish tactician fits the profile of a potential successor and has a release clause in his Leicester contract, meaning prising him away from the King Power Stadium should be relatively easy for United chiefs.
The report states that: “Manchester United are growing increasingly confident of being able to make Brendan Rodgers as their next manager. United bosses are keen to appoint a British boss should the club have no choice but to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Rodgers is believed to have a release clause in his contract should a Champions League club come calling. But United wouldn’t hesitate in meeting it if they need to appoint a new boss.”
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Man Utd fans will be buzzing
After arriving at Leicester halfway through the 2018/19 campaign, Rodgers has cemented his status as one of Britain’s most exciting and tactical astute head coaches in the modern era.
His promising spell at Liverpool ended with him getting sacked after coming close to claiming the top-flight title, but the 48-year-old successfully rebuilt his career during a two-and-a-half-year spell at Celtic.
During his time in Scottish football, Rodgers claimed seven domestic trophies – including two trebles – and guided the Hoops back into the Champions League.
He was then able to implement his expansive and attacking style at the King Power, achieving consecutive fifth-place finishes as well as winning the FA Cup and Community Shield, highlighting his managerial prowess.
Therefore, large sections of United’s fanbase will surely be buzzing at this fresh twist in the club’s pursuit of Solskjaer’s eventual replacement, and they’ll be hopeful that Rodgers is the man to bring silverware back to the red half of Manchester.