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Danny Murphy tells Manchester United to snub Mauricio Pochettino and hire rival manager


Danny Murphy has named the ideal alternative to Mauricio Pochettino (Pictures: Getty/BBC)

Danny Murphy has urged Manchester United to overlook Mauricio Pochettino as they search for their next permanent manager and instead hire Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers.

United announced Ralf Rangnick as their new interim boss last week, with the German taking over at Old Trafford until the end of the season before moving into a consultancy role at the club.

Pochettino is the frontrunner to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis, with the former Tottenham manager said to be keen on a Premier League return.

The Argentine currently manages the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain – with the French giants already 13 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table – but is believed to view the chance to join Manchester United as too good to turn down.

Former England midfielder Murphy does not think it would be a disaster if United failed to land their No. 1 target, however, and says former Celtic and Liverpool manager Rodgers ‘ticks so many boxes’ for the job.

‘It is a shame for Manchester United that Brendan Rodgers once managed Liverpool. Otherwise I’d see him as the ideal fit to mastermind the long-term project at Old Trafford,’ Murphy told the Daily Mail.

Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with the Old Trafford job (Picture: Getty)

‘Past associations don’t have to be a deal-breaker but they don’t help, as Rafa Benitez is finding out at Everton, so Mauricio Pochettino looks the favourite to be in charge next season unless Ralf Rangnick does so well that he has to stay.

‘Rodgers ticks so many boxes: he has extensive experience but is still young enough to have the hunger and drive to take United forward.

‘In football, people tend to get judged on their last match rather than a career’s work but that’s unfair. Leicester’s form hasn’t been great this season but even with a lengthy injury list they are in the top half and lead their Europa League group.

‘It’s little more than six months since they won the FA Cup, beating Manchester United in the quarter-finals and Chelsea in the final. And twice in a row they’ve come close to qualifying for the Champions League.

‘Rodgers knows what it’s like to handle the spotlight after managing Liverpool and Celtic. It’s exciting to think what he could do with the squad at Old Trafford because his track record at improving players is brilliant.

‘Rodgers knows what it’s like to handle the spotlight after managing Liverpool and Celtic. It’s exciting to think what he could do with the squad at Old Trafford because his track record at improving players is brilliant.’

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