Brendan Rodgers ‘ready to say yes to Man Utd job’ as Liverpool stance emerges

Rodgers admits Leicester remain in market for new players

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Brendan Rodgers is ‘ready to say yes’ to managing Manchester United, it has been claimed. The Leicester boss is one of the frontrunners to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford. And despite links to Zinedine Zidane intensifying, the Northern-Irishman could be poised to take over.

United gave Solskjaer a three-year contract in the summer, as well as giving him big transfer backing via deals for Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, in the short time since, the Red Devils have endured a chastening campaign.

United are on a run of six defeats from their last 12 matches across all competitions, exiting the Carabao Cup and losing ground in the Premier League title race in the process.

And Solskjaer’s future has been the source of much discussion as a result.

Now, 90min say that Leicester boss Rodgers is ‘ready to say yes’ when it comes to replacing the Norwegian.

And while he once said his Liverpool past would make a move to Old Trafford difficult, intermediaries have now deduced he’s keen on the role.

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Rodgers is aware he could suffer a backlash if he moves to United.

But he’s decided he won’t turn the Red Devils down, if and when an offer to take over arrives.

Leicester won’t want to lose Rodgers, who has guided them to FA Cup and Community Shield trophies over the past year.

The Northern-Irishman previously turned down Tottenham but United are said to be a ‘different proposition’.

And while links to Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have all surfaced, Rodgers seems to be the frontrunner for the post.

Until recently, the Leicester boss reportedly thought United’s interest was merely fleeting.

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But he’s now been assured that’s not the case and it seems only a matter of time before he takes the job.

A source is quoted as saying: “Things have been going on behind the scenes in weeks, the club are aware that things can’t continue like this – ideally Ole stays until the end of the season, but that is looking less and less likely.”

Speaking to Football Insider recently, former striker Noel Whelan endorsed United’s interest in Rodgers.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that would be an amazing appointment,” he said.

“He’s been the best Premier League manager around for some time.

“I know he’s turned down other jobs because of the situation he’s got at Leicester. He’s got a great squad of players there, and he’s built a real winning mentality at that club.

“They’ve got a great balance at Leicester, very attractive to watch, successful side. Who would not want Brendan Rodgers at Man United?”

And he added: “In my opinion, he’s up there with the likes of Conte. The job he’s done at Leicester has been ridiculously good.

“He’s won Leicester the FA Cup and cemented their status as top-four challengers. You’d normally say they have no right to be at that level, but Rodgers has made that possible.”

Rodgers said earlier this season he was happy at Leicester.

“I’ve got a contract until 2025,” he said.

“I absolutely love being here [at Leicester].

“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.

“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.”

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