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Manchester United ‘confident’ over Brendan Rodgers appointment and latest next manager rumours – Manchester Evening News

Under-pressure Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains on thin ice at Old Trafford.

Having finished as runners-up last term, the Norwegian signed a contract extension and was backed in the market with three high-profile signings.

In came Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and returning five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, in the midst of alarming defeats to bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, the Old Trafford side and their Premier League title hopes are in tatters after only 11 games. Key figures in the boardroom appear set to stand by their manager for now, though, due to a lack of succession plan.

Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag and current Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers are among the names to have been linked as potential replacements – should United eventually take action. Here are the latest manager rumours at Old Trafford and beyond;

United are ‘increasingly confident’ they will be able to appoint Rodgers in the event that Solskjaer is sacked.

That’s according to a report in The Daily Star, which claims the Northern Irishman would find the job ‘impossible’ to turn down. Naturally, the 48-year-old has been coy about the links when pressed during recent press conferences. The same publication suggests that Rodgers is top of their wish list.

Meanwhile, two United players – Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek – will seek an Old Trafford departure if Solskjaer remains in post beyond the January transfer window.

Rodgers is an odds-on favourite with the bookies to replace Solskjaer. Having displaced David de Gea as number one last season, England goalkeeper Henderson has found himself back on the bench this campaign after missing a large chunk of pre-season due to Covid-19.

Van de Beek has, meanwhile, only started four Premier League games since his £35million switch 15 months ago.

According to the Daily Mail, both players are considering their future and a final decision on their part may depend on who stands in the dugout moving forward – on account of limited game-time.

Elsewhere, despite moving to distance himself from these ongoing rumours, Rodgers is still an odds-on favourite – as far as the bookmakers are concerns.

As per SkyBet, the Northern Irishman is currently being priced-up at 5/6 to replace Solskjaer.

Zidane (6/1), Mauricio Pochettino (8/1), Ralf Rangnick (9/1) and ten Hag (10/1) trail the front-runner in that particular market and did so at 14:30 GMT this afternoon.

What next for United and Solskjaer? Have your say in the comments section below.

Finally, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that United ‘appreciate’ three would-be successors to Solskjaer.

Manchester Evening News understands the Norwegian will still be the club’s manager when they return to Premier League duty against Watford on Saturday, November 20.

However, in the event of key figures in the boardroom having to make a decision further down the line, they have Rodgers, Pochettino and ten Hag on their radar – according to Romano.

Speaking via the YouTube channel Football and Friends, he said: “Talking about managers; the three managers they appreciate are Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers – but the point is that these three managers are already working with other clubs. It’s not so easy to find a solution.”

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