Brendan Rodgers is reportedly a leading contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd – and he named five of their players he rates highly before and after Leicester beat the Red Devils this month
Brendan Rodgers has reportedly emerged as Manchester United’s top candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Whilst it might be hard to tempt Rodgers to leave the King Power Stadium, there is no doubt the draw of being in the dugout at Old Trafford remains strong.
And the ex- Liverpool manager would also get the chance to work with a supremely talented squad which most recognise is capable of much more than they are showing at present.
Just a few weeks ago, Rodgers guided his Leicester side to a 4-2 win over United to pile the pressure on Solskjaer.
In the run-up to that game, Rodgers singled out three players he was concerned would cause major problems for his side – namely Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
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Rodgers said: “They have quality players. Ole will have them motivated. You’re looking to win every single game.
“Marcus Rashford coming back is a huge player for them. Jadon Sancho is adapting but has big quality. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest to have played the game and is an incredible role model.
“His game has changed but he always brings goals. They’ve always been very good in transition.”
As it turned out, Leicester had the beating of their opponents, but only after a wonder strike from Mason Greenwood gave United the lead.
Rodgers was able to keep Ronaldo quiet, but recognised that involved giving other players the chance to cause problems.
After the game, Rodgers again pointed to Ronaldo, Sancho and Rashford before also throwing Greenwood’s talent and Bruno Fernandes in the mix in an indication of how he rates United’s attacking options.
|You’ve got to worry about more than him (Ronaldo), because you’ve got Bruno Fernandes on the back of scoring in midweek, Cristiano with a hat-trick, Mason you see his goal, what a strike and what a young player he is, then you’ve got guys like Jadon Sancho and Marcus to come into the game.
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“They have huge talent, overall as a team you have to be so synchronised in your press to try and stop the ball getting to them. When they do arrive in there, which they will do at times, you have to be so concentrated and thankfully we’ve done a good job of that.”
Whilst the prospect of watching Rodgers work his magic on United’s attacking talents is clearly appealing to club bosses, Rodgers insisted last month he is happy at Leicester.
Having been linked with the Newcastle United job after their takeover, he said: “100 per cent. I’ve got a contract until 2025. I absolutely love being here.” Rodgers said earlier this month.
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“I’m very fortunate, I’ve got a great chief executive [Susan Whelan] who runs the club, and a director of football [Jon Rudkin] I have a close relationship with, and a group of players I really enjoy working with.
“We have an infrastructure here that allows us to compete.
“For me, as long as they don’t want to move me, I’m very happy here. All the managers, we are working hard to do the best for our teams, and then we have speculation and gossip that goes around, and it can destabilise players and supporters.
“It doesn’t benefit anyone. I’ve been in the game long enough to focus on my job and my role. I’m very happy here to do that.”