Robbie Savage backs Brendan Rodgers to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

by Taye Paul Olubayo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves more time to turn things around at Manchester United but Brendan Rodgers is the natural candidate to become the club’s next manager. That is the opinion of former Premier League midfielder Robbie Savage, who says Rodgers is the ‘real deal’ as a manager and can lead Leicester City to a top-four finish this season. The Foxes have enjoyed a brilliant start to the new campaign, winning four of their first seven league fixtures to emerge as top-four contenders in the Premier League. Leicester are seven places and five points above struggling Manchester United, who have won just one of their last six domestic matches.

Solskjaer is under extreme pressure at Old Trafford and, while Savage says the Norwegian deserves more time, the former Leicester star sees Rodgers as a future Manchester United manager. He told Mirror Sport: ‘Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future United manager. ‘Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am not saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked. ‘I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.

‘But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.’ Savage added: ‘In 2015-16, when Leicester won the title, I didn’t really believe they were going to do it until the last four or five weeks of the season. ‘But I’m not going to wait so long to nail my colours to the mast this time. I think Leicester will finish above United, and I believe they will finish in the top four. ‘Rodgers has proved his near-miss with the title at Liverpool in 2014 was no flash in the pan, and he would have completed the ‘Treble Treble’ at Celtic if he had stayed to the end of last season.

‘In short, he is the real deal as a manager. ‘I repeat: I am not advocating that Solskjaer is removed from his job at Old Trafford. He deserves to be given more scope to rebuild that squad. ‘But when the time is right, and United are looking for their next manager to play fluent, progressive football, Rodgers – not Mauricio Pochettino – would be my pick.’ Manchester United travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle on Sunday, while Rodgers’ Leicester visit Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend.

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