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Pep Guardiola has already delivered his verdict on Rodgers amid Man United links

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has previously described Brendan Rodgers as a manager with “incredible quality”, amid ongoing links connecting the Leicester City boss with Manchester United.

Rodgers, who guided the Foxes to their first-ever FA Cup crown last season, is being touted as the favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, should United axe the under-fire Norwegian.

Solskjaer is under enormous pressure at United following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to City in the Manchester derby, which marked a fourth defeat in their last six Premier League matches.

Although Solskjaer’s position at Old Trafford is understood to be increasingly at risk, the club is not expected to relieve him of his duties just yet, with the lack of a succession plan currently in place.

Nevertheless, Rodgers is currently the favourite with the bookmakers to become the Reds’ next manager, whilst one report has claimed that the former Liverpool boss would be interested in landing the job.

Rodgers is a name a growing number of United fans are calling for to replace Solskjaer, meaning if the club were to sack the former striker and turn to the Northern Irishman it would, seemingly, go down well.

If past admissions are anything to go by, it would not just be United’s supporters that would be impressed by Rodgers’ arrival at Old Trafford.

That is because the 48-year-old has previously been hailed by City chief Guardiola. The Catalan heaped praise on Rodgers ahead of a Premier League clash between the two sides in May 2019, the night when Vincent Kompany’s stunning hit all but sealed the Premier League title for City.

Looking ahead to that fixture more than two years ago, Guardiola, as quoted by Leicestershire Live, said: “I think it helps that Leicester play on the counter-attack. Now, with Brendan Rodgers, they have another way to play, they control parts of the game.

“He has showed his incredible quality as a manager that in two months, everyone has played how he wants them to play – the movement and positioning is well-coordinated. I saw the last three games and I was really impressed.

“Up front, with (Harvey) Barnes and (Demarai) Gray, they’re so fast. They have incredible quality.”

Rodgers, since being appointed Leicester manager in 2019, has guided the club to ninth and back-to-back fifth-placed finishes in the Premier League, plus the FA Cup, all whilst playing an attractive, pleasing-on-the-eye style of football.

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