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on the brink Latest Brendan Rodgers rumours denied as Man United stand by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for now


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only marking time until he is replaced

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only marking time until he is replaced

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only marking time until he is replaced

Manchester United have made no official approaches for Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers and are continuing to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for now.

Solskjaer is set to get all of his international players back at United's Carrington training ground on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's crucial game at Watford.

United then have a vital game against Villarreal in Spain next Tuesday before they take on current Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following Sunday.

After a disastrous run of results for Solskjaer's United that included the 5-0 home defeat against Liverpool and a comprehensive 2-0 defeat against Manchester City at Old Trafford in the final game before the international break, dramatic improvement is needed for Solskjaer to remain in his post beyond the end of this month.

Yet reports in the UK claiming Rodgers has already agreed to take over from Solskjaer has been dismissed as 'nonsense' by sources close to the situation.

United are believed to be keen to have Solskjaer's replacement lined-up before they make a change, with an interim manager considered to be an unfavourable option.

The Sunday World reported three weeks ago that former Liverpool manager Rodgers had emerged as the strong favourite to replace Solskjaer, with ex-Reds striker John Aldridge intrigued by the prospect.

"I have been saying for some time that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is horribly out of his depth as United manager and the last month has essentially ended his reign as the club’s manager," Aldridge told the Sunday World.

"Solskjaer might still be in his post at the moment, but the club have to be looking for his replacement now and Brendan Rodgers is emerging as the strong favourite.

"Seeing a former Liverpool manager take over as United boss would be strange, but they have to do something now as the brand of that great club is being damaged by a manager who doesn’t have what it takes to deliver at the highest level."

Paddy Power have Rodgers as 4/6 favourite to succeed Solskjaer as United manager, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane a 5/2 shot and Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino an 11/2 shot.

While it appears United are not in a position to replace Solskjaer right now, the woeful performances of his star-studded team means his future may well be on the line when the Premier League resumes this weekend.

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