The former Liverpool manager is one of the candidates to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United are going through a rough patch in the ongoing 2021/22 season. They have only won one of their last five Premier League matches and are struggling to produce results. Recent humiliating defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City have exposed several weaknesses in the squad.
Expectedly, this has increased the pressure on current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. There is unrest amongst the fans who believe he might not be able to guide this team any further. Despite having world-class players to choose from, the club are delivering consistently poor performances. Therefore, all of it boils down the coaching staff and the manager, who is inching towards an inevitable sacking. Many candidates are in the running to land the job if Solskjaer is dismissed, among whom is Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
The former Liverpool and Celtic boss has done a wonderful job at Leicester City with limited sources. Rodgers kept the Foxes in the hunt for a top-four finish in two consecutive seasons before a late slump saw them end at fifth in both seasons. He has also won the FA Cup and Community Shield while Manchester United are trophyless for the last four seasons. Here is a look at why appointing Brendan Rodgers can be a good for Manchester United.
5. Tactically sound
One of the defining features of United’s recent debacle is the lack of clear tactics. Also, on other occasions, it felt like Solskjaer was over-complicating things by making too many changes to the lineup. The recent shift to a 3-5-2 formation is the perfect example of a lack of resolve from the gaffer.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side plays a certain way and sticks with it even when it does not deliver. The point is being consistent, which keeps the players focused on their jobs. Rodgers knows what he wants from the players and vice versa, which makes for a very sound team. With Rodgers in charge, Manchester United will have a system in place and a definite identity to their playing style.
4. Knack of developing fringe players
Rodgers has a great eye for talent and works well with young players. He is also known for improving the performances of players, who seemingly suffer from a bad run of form. His work with players like Luke Thomas, Timothy Castagne, Harvey Barnes, and others like them is very commendable. Despite having bigger stars in the squad, Rodgers keeps all of the players in the roster hungry.
In contrast, Ole looks to have seemingly lost faith in players like Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Alex Telles. These players have been starved of playing time. It is a tricky situation for the fans, who are desperate to see these players on the pitch. Lack of rotational planning is hurting Solskjaer. Rodgers, on the other, would be able to utilise all of the available options at Manchester United efficiently.
3. Premier League experience
One of the aspects that give Brendan Rodgers an edge over other potential candidates is the Premier League experience. There are not many other managers from within the league, who are in the running to replace Solskjaer as manager. Individuals like Zinedine Zidane or Erik ten Hag have never managed in the Premier League. There is no doubt that these managers are tactically astute, but even the most tactically adept coach will take some time to adjust and grasp the level of the competition.
Rodgers has previously managed Liverpool in the Premier League. He came agonizingly close to lifting the Premier League title with the Reds in the 2013/14 season. The 48-year-old has come close to securing a top-four finish and booking a Champions League spot in the last two seasons with Leicester. He also won the FA Cup with Leicester City by defeating Chelsea last season.
2. Attacking style of football
Manchester United hierarchy, learning from their mistakes in the past, will ideally bring a manager who plays an attacking style of football. The experiments with pragmatic coaches like Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho fell flat on its face. Part of the long-term faith shown on Solskjaer has been due to him utilizing the attacking options well.
The Red Devils are traditionally known to play an entertaining, edge-of-the-seat type of attacking brand of football. It has brought the club unmatched success in the past. Brendan Rodgers is of a similar mentality, whose forward-thinking Liverpool (who scored 102 goals) and Leicester City sides stand as examples. One can only imagine what Rodgers will produce with the likes of Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and more.
1. Perfect figure to continue the project
Manchester United has made good progress in their rebuild in the last few years under Solskjaer. The club was in shambles after Mourinho left and was at its lowest since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. Guiding the Red Devils to two consecutive top-four finishes was a decent achievement by the Norwegian. Moreover, he was essential in resetting the culture at the club and reigniting the feel-good factor.
Manchester United will benefit by recruiting a figure like Brendan Rodgers, who can build on the good work done by his predecessor. Rodgers is a type of manager, who will not only build a good system, but will encourage young players to play their part. He will develop the squad and work in line with the traditions of the club. His talent identification will allow the club to sign decent players, who can help in achieving the objectives.