What Brendan Rodgers has said about managing Man Utd amid fresh links
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Brendan Rodgers has previously ruled out taking the Manchester United job amid speculation that he could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Leicester boss has been linked with the Old Trafford hotseat while Solskjaer continues to struggle for form.
United’s 2-0 defeat by rivals Manchester City was their third reverse in four matches and their fourth Premier League loss already this term.
It effectively rules them out of the title race before Christmas despite Solskjaer being backed by a £120million summer transfer spree.
The Norwegian appeared to have responded well to the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool nearly three weeks ago by defeating Tottenham 3-0. However, he has now suffered another setback and his job is back under threat.
Leicester boss Rodgers is one of the names strongly linked with replacing Solskjaer. However, in 2016 he ruled himself out of the job due to his links with Liverpool.
The Northern Irishman, who managed the Reds between 2012 and 2015, said: “When you manage Liverpool you know the Manchester United job is gone.”
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Rodgers, who had been suggested as a possible replacement for Louis Van Gaal, also commented on fresh rumours last month.
“I don’t even think about it – and that’s the brutal honesty. I’m sure the supporters are probably tired of it. At Leicester, there is always a link,” he said.
“My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club on to that next level, where you’re competing for European football and challenging for honours.
“Everyone here at the club, from the chief executive to the director of football – staff, players – we’re all very much on the same path, same vision.”
United chiefs are widely understood to be keen to back Solskjaer but that could change if results do not improve.
The Red Devils face a continued tough fixture list after the international break, with Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal among their next five opponents.
Asked if he felt he could turn his side’s season around, Solskjaer responded: “Definitely.
“I have good communication with the club all the time, which is up front and honest. I work for Man Utd, I want the best for Man Utd. As long as I am here, I want to improve this.”
He added: “We’ve got to get back to what we started to look like.
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“We started to look like a proper team early on this season, and we need to get back to that. We’ve been through this a few times.
“Since the last game we played here, it has been a very difficult period. We’ve gone away from what we used to be.
“We went to Tottenham and won 3-0 with a different system and then got a good result against Atalanta, but we need to be on the front foot more.
“I can’t look at myself and say ‘this is the way I want Man United to play’.
“It is very disappointing, and it feels like after last week we have made a step or two forward results-wise and then a big step backwards.”
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