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step too far? Ian Rush weighs up the prospect of Brendan Rodgers taking over at Manchester United

Solskjaer is clinging on to his job after United's humiliating 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool last Sunday

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Brendan Rodgers has performed well at Leicester (Nick Potts/PA)

Brendan Rodgers has performed well at Leicester (Nick Potts/PA)

Brendan Rodgers has performed well at Leicester (Nick Potts/PA)

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being linked with a move to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager and Anfield legend Ian Rush suspects the Irishman will struggle to turn the job down if it is offered to him.

Solskjaer is clinging on to his job after United's humiliating 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool last Sunday, with Leicester manager Rodgers second favourite to take over at Old Trafford with the bookies.

Amid suggestions that senior United figures are unsure whether bookies tip Antonio Conte is the right man to take over at United, Rodgers may be a name under consideration after his successes as Celtic boss were backed up with an FA Cup win at Leicester last season.

Now Rush has suggested Rodgers' Liverpool history could be a factor in any decision he has to make over the United job.

"I see the top football betting sites are offering short odds on Brendan Rodgers being the next manager of Manchester United, but all indications are that he's happy at Leicester and he's building something really strong there," Rush told Gambling.com.

"Obviously, he's a former Liverpool manager and some supporters might not like it if he went to Old Trafford, but then most of us Reds didn't mind Rafa Benitez going to Everton.

"It might be that the job is too big for Rodgers to turn down – United are a huge club – but having already been Liverpool manager I think he'll know the scale of the rivalry between the two clubs and that could play a factor in any decision if he gets offered the job.

"He appears happy where he is though so it'll be interesting to see what happens if United do come calling."

Rush went on to suggest Solskjaer may lack the qualities required to be a top manager, as he suggested he may have clung onto his job for now as a replacement is not readily available.

"I like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he's a good guy, but sometimes good people don't make the best managers," he added. "I think he deserves a little more time because you shouldn't sack a manager unless you have a replacement lined up, and I'm not sure United have the ideal candidate in place.

"I think they'll stick with Ole for now but the next few games will decide his future so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. They've got Tottenham and Atalanta away and then Manchester City at home so it's a tough run of games.

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"I'm looking at the visit of Manchester City to Old Trafford on November 6 as a key fixture as it's another local derby. Can Solskjaer survive another scalp against a local rival? I think it could come down to who's available to replace him and whether they're right for the club.

"We'll find out in the next few games if the players are playing for the manager or not, even if he goes sooner rather than later. If there's an upturn in how the players perform we'll know that they weren't playing for Ole."

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