Richard Madeley: How does a team like Man UTD 'lose the plot'
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Manchester United chiefs have decided their next manager will be British, according to reports. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has emerged as the top target for the Red Devils. Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure following a poor start to the season.
Solskjaer saw his United side lose 5-0 at home to bitter rivals Liverpool last Sunday to put them eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
The Norwegian will remain in charge for Saturday’s match away at Tottenham and the Champions League group stage clash at Atalanta on Tuesday.
The Daily Star says those two matches are pivotal to Solskjaer’s future at the club.
United have resisted pressure to sack the 48-year-old this week.
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But have told him results must pick up fast or he will be out of the door.
The Star says both Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino have been considered by the United board.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is also among the favourites to replace Solskjaer.
But United would prefer a manager from within the Premier League and Rodgers is top of the list.
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The former Liverpool boss led Leicester to their first FA Cup triumph last season and has seen the Foxes only narrowly miss out on Champions League qualification in consecutive seasons.
Senior figures at United have been impressed by Rodgers’ reign at the King Power Stadium so far.
He still has four years remaining on his contract so Leicester would demand a high compensation fee, but United are still confident of luring him to the club before next season.
Rodgers was dismissive of links to United at his press conference this week.
“I don’t even think about it,” Rodgers said.
“I’m sure the supporters are probably tired of it. At Leicester, there is always a link.
“My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club and challenging for honours.
“The directors, staff and players all have the same vision.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer is determined to turn things around, starting in north London this weekend.
“As I said, we need a reaction,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s my job as well to put the players in the right frame of mind.
“I’m responsible for the reaction, for the result, for the performance.
“We’ve worked on the pitch on everything that needs to be sorted for a footballer and that’s not just one thing, that’s not just frame of mind, that’s approach going into the game, strategy going into the game, game-plan, tactics, technically.
“We’ve had a good week and I feel that the boys are ready to give their best, as they always do. Of course, nothing went to plan [last week] and that was nowhere near our best.”
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