Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a parade of stories linking Rodgers with the United job. Manchester Evening News reports that there is a belief that a change in direction is necessary after damaging defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool. However, in the same breath, they indicated that the Red Devils may wait until the end of the season to pull the trigger.
There have even been rumblings that Rodgers is looking at houses in Cheshire ahead of the possible switch. Wilmslow and Alderley Edge, in case you’re wondering.
With talks heating up, we want to delve into Brendan Rodgers’ reaction to a reporter questioning him on the matter.
Rodgers’ reaction to the links
🗣 "It's something that's not real."— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 18, 2021
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says speculation that he could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as #MUFC manager is 'not real' and is 'disrespectful' to Solskjaer ❌ pic.twitter.com/jsrykgfa1C
Rodgers was aghast: “Manchester United links? Firstly, it’s really disrespectful for you to ask the question when there is a manager in place – a good manager [Solskjaer] and a good man who is working at the club.
“Secondly, I can’t comment on it because it’s not real.”
Why is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure at Manchester United?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meuYMrjJ-oc
After three years at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not won a trophy as Manchester United manager. The squad he has at his disposal now would suggest they’re on their way to rectifying that, but the reality is they’re struggling.
They’ve conceded 15 goals in their last six games. They’re sixth in the league, and, as previously mentioned, they’ve suffered humbling defeats to their closest rivals.
The history of Rodgers playing down rumours
In February 2019, Brendan Rodgers was the frontrunner in the race to take over at Leicester City. At the time, he was thriving as Celtic’s main man – but that didn’t stop the media from pressing the issue.
He said he was “fully focused” on the Celtic job. However, only days later, he was heading to the King Power.
Who else could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United?
Cristiano Ronaldo has already told Man United he would approve of Zinedine Zidane as manager.— j2naldo7 (@j2naldo) November 14, 2021
While Rodgers may be the favourite, many other candidates are in the mix.
Zinedine Zidane is his closest competition. His connection with Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the main sources of fuel for the rumour.
Other names on the media shortlist include Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick. However, Rangnick is the only one not currently employed.
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