Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Manchester United chiefs will not give Brendan Rodgers any money to spend in January if he replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports. Rodgers is the favourite to take over at Old Trafford if Solskjaer were to be sacked. But the Northern Irishman would have to settle with the current squad of players United have at their disposal.
United are sixth in the Premier League table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
They have won just one game in their last six and have suffered comprehensive defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
Rumours have increased that Rodgers would be the top target for the United board to replace Solskjaer.
The former Liverpool boss is claimed to have a clause in his Leicester contract that would allow him to leave if a Champions League club came calling.
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However, The Sun says United would not allow Rodgers to spend in January if he moved to the club before then.
United brought in three high-profile signings in the summer window.
Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho arrived before a sensational late deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.
United chiefs believe the squad is better than their current sixth-place standing.
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Therefore they do not think spending more money in January is the right approach.
The Sun also says Rodgers is searching for a new home in Cheshire, increasing speculation he could be on his way to United.
The 48-year-old previously said he could not manage United after being in charge of rivals Liverpool.
But, speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry believes United is still attractive to Rodgers.
“Brendan is very much a traditionalist,” McGarry said.
“His upbringing in Northern Ireland obviously saw him take a great interest in the football across the Irish Sea.
“We know that he supported Celtic, as many Irish Catholics do, for obvious reasons. But also Manchester United would have been his English team in the Premier League, or First Division at the time.
“When I say traditionalist I mean he would very much be seduced by the history of Manchester United, and by the challenge of resurrecting one of the greatest clubs in the world.
“So if they came knocking at Brendan’s door, I think he would definitely be very tempted.”
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