Manchester United Told To Snub Mauricio Pochettino And Sign Manager Who 'Ticks So Many Boxes'
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That’s according to Danny Murphy, who believes Rodgers benefits from his “extensive experience” and has the “hunger and drive to take United forward.”
Ralf Rangnick has been appointed interim manager for United until the end of the season after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United are on the hunt for the manager who will succeed Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hotseat, with both Pochettino and Rodgers linked with the position.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane have been other high-profile names attached with the Premier League club.
Murphy has revealed he is backing Rodgers to become the next United manager and claimed he knows how to “handle the spotlight after managing Liverpool and Celtic.”
The BBC pundit wrote for The Daily Mail: “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.
“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.”
Pochettino is considered the favourite to become the next United manager, despite only becoming Paris Saint-Germain boss back in January.
The Ligue 1 club are considering allowing Pochettino to leave at the end of the season, according to reports.
The PSG manager failed to lift any major silverware during his time with Tottenham, but he has since won the Coupe de France with his current club.
Rodgers has been with Leicester City since 2019 and earned plaudits for his work at the Foxes, falling short of Champions League qualification last season.