Brendan Rodgers ‘deserves chance’ at Man Utd job and would ‘jump at’ role

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Brendan Rodgers would ‘jump’ at the ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to manage Manchester United. That’s according to former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino, who believes the Old Trafford job would be simply too good for the Northern Irishman to turn down.

Leicester City boss Rodgers has emerged as the favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United.

Solskjaer is under huge pressure after two humiliating derby defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

United appear to be in a bottomless mire under the Norwegian, despite significant backing with the signings of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils have lost three out of their last four Premier League games and have fallen behind Arsenal in the league table.

Many United supporters have seen enough of the current regime and are already looking ahead to the next managerial appointment.

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Rodgers, former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino have all been linked should the vacancy become available.

And Cascarino is in no doubt that the United job remains a desirable prospect for top coaches like Rodgers.

“I know Brendan would jump at the job,” Cascarino told talkSPORT.

“I say, ‘I know’ – Brendan, if he was listening, would probably say, ‘How would you know?’

“And Leicester is not a job of the quality of Manchester United, as much as they’ve been an incredible football club, done brilliant things and have got a great squad.

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“The attraction of Manchester United is way superior for any manager.

“That opportunity is a once in a lifetime for Brendan.”

United are often accused of a lack of identity under Solskjaer and familiar issues have arisen with the reintroduction of the five at the back system.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has implemented a distinct attacking style in his most recent roles at Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic while he has claimed silverware at Leicester with FA Cup success.

Cascarino thinks Rodgers’ style of play should prove a huge draw for United’s owners.

“If it isn’t [Zinedine] Zidane, because of other issues – the way he looks at the Premier League – Brendan, I think would jump here,” he added.

“That Brendan style of play would be a massive attraction. The way he’s managed his teams.

“Look, he had Liverpool for a period and Liverpool had an incredible side under Brendan as well.

“You couldn’t look at Brendan and think he doesn’t deserve an opportunity of managing one of the clubs who could win the Premier League.”

While Rodgers continues to be linked, United continue to keep faith in Solskjaer who will be afforded more time to change the club’s fortunes.

United face Watford at Vicarage Road as the Premier League returns this weekend, before a Champions League group stage fixture away to Villarreal next Tuesday.

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