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Rodgers to potentially replace solskjaer

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According to ESPN, Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager should the Norwegian be sacked.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager, with the club prepared to recruit a new manager from within the Premier League if the former Molde and Cardiff City coach is unable to inspire an immediate upturn in results.

Solskjaer will take charge of United against Tottenham on Saturday, and almost certainly Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday, after the Old Trafford hierarchy resisted pressure to dismiss the 48-year-old in the wake of last Sunday’s 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool.

Although he remains in his job, it is believed that United are assessing alternative options in the event of the Norwegian being unable to halt a disastrous run of form.

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Rodgers to potentially replace solskjaer

The club have suffered five defeats in the last nine games in all competitions, including just one point from their last 12 in the Premier League and also struggled to keep clean sheet with their only one this season coming in the 1-0 win against Wolverhampton.

The determination within United to retain the approach of promoting youth and playing with an attractive style has led to a focus on possible domestic targets, and ESPN has been told that Leicester manager Rodgers has impressed senior figures at Old Trafford with his work at the King Power Stadium, where he won the FA Cup last season, as well his success at Celtic and previously at Liverpool, where he transformed the team and almost won the Premier League title in 2014.

Rodgers, 48, signed a long-term contract in December 2019 committing him to Leicester until 2025, raising the prospect of a costly compensation bill should United attempt to negotiate his release from the Foxes. The club have appointed a succession of foreign coaches — Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer — since sacking David Moyes less than a year into his six-year contract in 2014, but sources said that the failure of that appointment has not deterred the club from hiring a British coach again.

A lack of credible interim appointments proved to be a key factor in Solskjaer staying in charge this week, but the United hierarchy are prepared to dismiss him if the team continues to under-perform and the next two games are crucial in his prospects of surviving in the role.

Rodgers to potentially replace solskjaer

Former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is available and interested in the United job, but sources said that senior figures at Old Trafford have reservations about his abrasive personality and likely demands for significant spending in the transfer market. However, Conte has not been ruled out as a potential appointment if circumstances dictate that a swift change be made.

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