Man Utd should target Brendan Rodgers if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses at Everton

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the biggest game of his managerial career tomorrow and he won’t survive if he loses.

But if Manchester United sack him they should go for Brendan Rodgers to replace him. He is the best fit for that club.

I know he’s managed Liverpool but they should swallow their pride and give him the job if Ole gets the boot.

They have a young squad full of talented players and I don’t know any other manager who improves players more than Rodgers.

He’s done a sensational job at Leicester. They are a better team now than they were when they won the title in my opinion.

Solskjaer is under tremendous pressure again and the Everton game is a must-win game for him.

If United draw, the gap just gets bigger and where they are in the league is not acceptable for that club.

I think the players have got too comfortable under Solskjaer. He’s a nice bloke but I can’t see him laying down the law to them.

They go on a run and then they go two or three games without a win. You can’t do that at United.

They capitulated against Tottenham. And Arsenal were comfortable against them at Old Trafford – even though they never win away at the big clubs.

It’s not good enough at the moment. And I think Solskjaer knows it. He will have to beat Everton or it could be curtains.

That won’t be easy but it’s made a bit easier with Richarlison missing for Everton. They can’t seem to win without him.

Everton become a bit more efficient without Richarlison. He’s got that X-factor and he stretches teams.

They are very reliant on him. They’ve been looking for someone to do something special before they get going in the last couple of games.

But United can’t go hell for leather. They can’t open the game up or they will get run ragged. They don’t defend well enough to do that.

I got slaughtered for saying Marcus Rashford would be better off playing as a supersub for a couple of games.

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But what’s he done in their last two matches? He fizzled out against Arsenal and then he got brought off against Basaksehir…

Now his manager is back under pressure, and when you see Mauricio Pochettino on the TV it just reminds everyone there are some top managers out there.

I still think Rodgers would be a better choice though. He plays good attacking football and he is massively underrated in my opinion.

Something has to change at United because what they are doing is not working. Their recent revival has turned out to be a flash in the pan.

I like Solskjaer but I fear for him. He can’t afford to lose to Everton.

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United need a five-year plan to get back to the top. It’s a big rebuilding job. But someone like Rodgers could speed it up for them.

They have good young players who are going to get better. But young players need the right guidance.

Rodgers makes young players better and he knows what it takes to manage a big club. United would be stupid to ignore him.

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Harry Kane wasn’t cheating to win a penalty against Brighton. He was just being cute. I’m not having that what he did was dangerous play at all.

Jose Mourinho was right to defend him because centre forwards do that all the time, and if you do that on the halfway line, from a goal kick, you win the free kick.

What Kane did isn’t cheating. But diving is. And it should be punished because it’s getting worse.

If I stood next to you on the street and kicked your foot, you wouldn’t fall over, would you? So why do strikers think it’s okay to do it on a football pitch?

Look at Mo Salah. Referees need to show more common sense because it seems like every time someone gets touched in the box they can go down for a pen.

It’s even worse when a player dives and they haven’t even been touched. But I’ve seen that a few times this season too.

I’ve said it before but the FA should have a diving panel of ex-pros going through all the incidents on a Monday and banning people who dive.

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Put people like Stuart Pearce and Ian Wright on it. Pearce was a fair tackler. And Wrighty was always honest. I never saw him dive.

I wouldn’t put a referee on it though. What for? I’ve seen refs sent to the screen and STILL not get it right this season.

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Manchester City have to beat Liverpool this weekend. They have to take advantage of the key players Liverpool have missing.

If they don’t, it could end up like last season again where they’re always chasing and can’t make the ground up.

Liverpool got thrashed by Aston Villa but I still can’t see them losing five or six games this year even without Virgil Van Dijk.

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If Liverpool win this game I think City are in trouble and might find it hard to recover. But Liverpool would take a draw.

City are all about Kevin De Bruyne. If he gets it going they are unplayable at times.

But they are taking their defensive work more seriously this season and that gives them a better chance of being successful.

They are a lot more careful. A lot more cautious. When they move up the pitch they do it as a unit now. And they come back as a unit too.

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Last season it was too fluid. They would give the ball away and two passes later someone would be one-on-one with their keeper.

Recently they’ve shut up shop much better. But they must put their chances away because you won’t get many against Liverpool – and City still miss too many.

  • Harry Kane
  • Jose Mourinho
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Manchester United FC
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Manchester City FC

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