Man Utd need only look at Everton disaster in appointing Ralf Rangnick’s successor

Rangnick 'couldn't possibly turn down' Man Utd role

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Manchester United could be looking for a new manager ahead of the 2022/23 season after appointing Ralf Rangnick on a temporary basis a week ago. Rangnick is due to oversee the team until the end of the season before moving to a consultancy role behind-the-scenes.

The German could land the job permanently if he impresses between now and May, but club chiefs appear to want a different boss to come in next summer.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is among the favourites to take the helm at Old Trafford next season.

Rodgers has done a stellar job at the King Power Stadium and led the Foxes to back-to-back fifth-placed Premier League finishes to secure Europa League football.

The 48-year-old is held in high regard and has an excellent CV. But United only have to look at the disastrous situation at Everton to discover they should probably steer well clear of the Northern Irishman.

The Toffees appointed Rafa Benitez as their manager in the summer – despite the fact he spent six years in charge of the club’s arch-rivals Liverpool.

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During his time at Anfield, the 61-year-old led the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005, before lifting the FA Cup a year later.

Benitez’s appointment at Goodison Park was therefore unpopular right from the start, with Merseyside Police being called in to investigate after a threatening banner was displayed near the Spaniard’s house.

The former Real Madrid gaffer started his Toffees tenure well as he guided his team to four wins in his first five games.

But the wheels have come off at Goodison Park and the team have endured a miserable run of form, which has seen them freefall down the Premier League table.

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A plethora of Everton fans are calling for Benitez’s head and club chiefs could soon wield the axe.

If the Red Devils opt to bring in Rodgers, the appointment could be deemed as unacceptable by fans after he, too, spent time in charge of Liverpool.

United’s rivalry with the Reds is one of the fiercest ones in European football and the two clubs historically want nothing to do with each other.

Rodgers is clearly an adroit manager, but he could arrive with gratuitous pressure on his shoulders courtesy of his Merseyside links.


If he started well, all could be forgiven. But if Rodgers struggled to have an impact at Old Trafford, United fans could unleash their rage.

And he could therefore be doomed to fail at Old Trafford.

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