Manchester United set money aside for Brendan Rodgers appointment with ‘contact made’

Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar after Watford defeat

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Manchester United are willing to pay £8million in compensation to Leicester in order to appoint Brendan Rodgers as their next manager, reports say. The Red Devils opted to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday following a run of seven defeats from their last 13 matches. And while many names are being linked, Rodgers appears to be in the running for the role.

Manchester United sacked Solskjaer on Sunday, less than a day after they’d been played off the park by Watford at Vicarage Road.

It was a torrid day for the Red Devils, who lost 4-1 with all of the players – barring Donny van de Beek – suffering.

In the dressing room after the game, United players cried. Some have described them as ‘mentally broken’ with results now going from bad to worse.

For the time being, Michael Carrick will be in charge.

United have confirmed they’ve given their former midfielder the keys to Old Trafford ahead of crunch matches with Chelsea and Villarreal.

And when it comes to permanent Solskjaer replacements, several names are in the frame.

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Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag both have backing at boardroom level, despite being in roles at Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax respectively.

Yet The Sun say United have made contact with Rodgers about taking over from Solskjaer.

Furthermore, it’s claimed the Red Devils are happy to pay £8m in compensation to bring the former Liverpool boss to the club.

And that’s on top of the £7.5m they’ve given Solskjaer in compensation, having previously given the Norwegian a new contract in the summer.

Rodgers has done his best to downplay links to United, saying: “I spoke to the leadership group [at Leicester] because I hear little bits and pieces and it just stabilises everything.

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“You guys [the media] understand how gossip arises and I don’t even think about it to be honest – but I understand it may have a bearing for other people.

“So it’s just a question of stabilising that and speaking to our senior guys because they know my commitment to them – they know my commitment to the club, and also to us becoming a better team.”

Leicester have won just four of their opening 12 matches in the top flight this term.

But that hasn’t deterred United, who appear to see Rodgers as the perfect fit to take the reins.

Whether that happens is something that remains to be seen.

But his Liverpool past isn’t thought to be an issue, with United satisfied he’d go down well having failed to win the Premier League title at Anfield.

Carlton Cole, meanwhile, has endorsed the Northern Irishman for the role.

And he thinks Rodgers should demote Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench should he get the opportunity to take charge.

“Leicester fans are going to hate me for this one but I feel Brendan Rodgers could go in and I feel he would be the right man for the Man United job,” Cole told talkSPORT.

“Get rid of Ronaldo, he’s [Rodgers] going to have to usher him out.

“The reason why, because if you have someone like Brendan he wants to build for the future.

“They’ve got a few prospects in that team that have not even played yet, very good players, and there’s talk of Jude Bellingham coming in as well.

“You’ve got to plan for the future – is Ronaldo the future of Man United?

“We know how he wants to play, Brendan Rodgers, he loves the high press, he loves the high energy, working off the ball, he loves that.

“He’ll eradicate the players that are not fitting into that formation or system, he has to otherwise he’s going against his own morals.”

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