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Liverpool have done Man United an unlikely favour in their hunt for a new boss – Manchester Evening News

Every Manchester United fan has their own opinions on what’s gone wrong for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though a common denominator among such theories is that the Norwegian’s lack of top-level experience has cost him.

As we very well know, a stellar playing career often has little bearing on how an individual fares in the management game and Solskjaer’s CV prior to taking the reins at Old Trafford was hardly strewn with stints at elite clubs.

The United boss had only managed two clubs at senior level before taking the biggest job in club football.

While his first spell with Molde gleaned three pieces of silverware, the Norway-based outfit are hardly renowned for being a feeder club for Europe’s elite, and his time at the helm of Premier League relegation fodder Cardiff wasn’t exactly great preparation for the United gig either.

Given Solskjaer’s struggles, it’s perhaps no surprise to see the likes of Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino on United’s mooted shortlist, both of whom are currently managing Champions League sides. Zinedine Zidane has also been mentioned, and with three Champions League crowns to his name during his short managerial career it’s not difficult to see why.

However, one man whose name has been bandied about a fair bit in recent weeks who can neither claim to be currently managing in the Champions League nor having previously won the competition is Brendan Rodgers.

Aside from a glittering two-and-a-half-year period with Celtic, the Leicester boss is hardly what you’d call a serial winner, though his ability to instil an attractive style of play in his sides can’t be denied.

Brendan Rodgers won the FA Cup last season Rodgers may not have a Premier League trophy on his CV but he came within inches of claiming the English top-flight crown with Liverpool back in 2013/14, and that experience should stand him in good stead if United do decide to appoint him.

Given the success of West Ham over the last 12 months or so, a lot of United discourse has surrounded whether the club were right to sack David Moyes when they did.

Admittedly, the Scot endured a torrid time at the helm of United, though the experience seems to have helped him hone his craft and he’s now surpassing expectations with the Hammers.

Of course, it’s a little annoying to think United have almost helped another Premier League club gain a terrific manager, yet Liverpool could have done just the same for us if the United hierarchy choose to appoint Rodgers.

When the business end of the season approaches and a team is vying for the league title or a place in Europe, pundits often refer to players and managers who’ve ‘been there before’ and ‘know how to get their team over the line’. It was evident from Liverpool’s oh-so-nearly campaign of 2013/14 that Rodgers’ inexperience cost them.

Their trip away to Crystal Palace – affectionally nicknamed ‘Crystanbul’ in United quarters – was a perfect example of a young coach going for broke rather than getting the job done and hanging on it there.

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Whether United will be in a position to be challenging for the Premier League title anytime soon remains to be seen, but if they do decide to appoint Rodgers, they’ll definitely be getting a better manager than the man who replaced Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in June 2012.

I’m not going to say thanks to that lot just yet, but if Brendan Rodgers ever lifts the Premier League trophy aloft in front of a packed Old Trafford crowd, I might just think about it. Maybe.

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