Manchester United ready to activate Brendan Rodgers’ contract clause if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked

Manchester United are ready to trigger a clause in Brendan Rodgers’ contract to make him their next manager in the event of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked.

Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford looks increasingly bleak after back-to-back defeats at home to Liverpool and Manchester City left the club nine points clear of the lead after just 11 games.

Norwegan continues to have board-level support, although Rodgers tops the list of potential replacements as the club looks to name a British successor.

As reported by the Daily Star, Old Trafford chiefs believe Rodgers will be keen to take over, provided a deal is struck with his club, Leicester.

Rodgers will be reluctant to let the Foxes go but knows there is little he can realistically achieve there – and he will find an opportunity to manage United that is nearly impossible to turn down.

Rodgers is believed to have a penalty clause in his contract if a club contacts the Champions League, but United would not hesitate to meet him if they needed to appoint a new president.

United have continued to show confidence in Solskjaer and ignore calls for his dismissal, despite a sad streak of results that has left his team sixth in the table and facing a struggle to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Harsh defeats at home to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have added to the pressure on Solskjaer, who knows he is going through lost time unless he can make a significant improvement in performance.

Bookmakers have pinned Rodgers as a top 4/5 as the man to replace Solskjaer, although United may wait until the summer before moving on.

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