Manchester United: Brendan Rodgers to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Chidalu Obiajulu

Northern Ireland Manager and former player, and current Leicester city manager, Brendan Rodgers, 48, who’s one of the best tactician, has been put up as the favourite to take over at Manchester United, according to reports and news.

The old Trafford are currently sixth in the Premier League after a disappointing 5-0 mauling at home by Liverpool and followed by a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City their fierce rival, with pressure increasing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There was no height of tension on managerial change, which appears to be imminent after the Red Devils boss seemingly survived his three-game stay of execution, but Solskjaer’s job is still hanging by a thread.

A leading agent has been sounding out candidates to potentially replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The red Devils board and CEO, have drawn-up a four-man list of potential successors for the Red Devils boss, featuring Rodgers, Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane and Erik ten Hag, with the Northern Irishman coming out on top.

Former Blues manager Antonio Conte was said to be interested but the Italian was not prepared to wait for the position to become available and jumped at the chance to take charge at Tottenham at the beginning of the month instead.

Zinedine Zidane led the Spanish giant Real Madrid to three Champions League titles in two spells at he Bernabeu but the out-of-work Frenchman has ruled out a move to Manchester after hinting that he would not be interested in the job.

However, there was an approach to Ajax manager Ten Hag, who was reportedly met with a cool reception as he informed the agent he did not want to discuss any possible job vacancies at United.

The Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag had also been touted as a candidate for the Newcastle job but was equally reluctant to take charge on Tyneside saying he has a contract with the Ajax team.

This has left Rodgers as the only remaining candidate, and United have been informed that the agent is confident they could lure the former Liverpool boss to Old Trafford.

But the Foxes boss is said to have split opinion among the most influential voices at United, with some hoping Solskjaer can still salvage the Red Devils’ campaign.

The tactical genius, Rodgers agonisingly and narrowly missed out on gifting Liverpool their long-awaited Premier League title in 2014 but went on to win seven major trophies, including three league titles, with Celtic before moving to Leicester in February 2019.

The 48-year-old northern Ireland manager guided Leicester to FA Cup glory last season beating European champions Chelsea with a thunderbolt from Youri Tieleman from outside the box as well as overcoming Manchester City at the start of the season to lift the Community Shield at the Wembley stadium.