Man Utd news LIVE: Brendan Rodgers on shortlist EXCLUSIVE – Zidane, Ten Hag and Conte also eyed to replace Solskjaer

MANCHESTER UNITED have drawn up a four-man managerial shortlist as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job hangs by a thread.

The United boss could only watch on as his side were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

SunSport can exclusively reveal that the list includes former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane, Erik Ten Hag and Antonio Conte.

While United chiefs are desperate not to sack Solskjaer, they can no longer ignore the shocking downturn in form and results at Old Trafford.

Follow ALL the latest United news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY NEIL CUSTIS

    Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are being sounded out as successors to under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Worried Old Trafford chiefs want to know whether former Real Madrid boss Zidane and ex-Chelsea coach Conte – both out of work – would be interested in the job.

    A leading agent has been instructed to contact some of the biggest names in the game, with Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers – a former Liverpool boss – also on the shortlist.

    The agent has been told to discover each of the candidates’ plans for the club and their own contract demands.

    While United chiefs are desperate not to sack Solskjaer, they can no longer ignore the shocking downturn in form and results.

    A sudden upturn in results could yet save Solskjaer but faith in him at the top level has now waned following Sunday’s humiliation.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WINNING MARGINS

    His job might be hanging in the balance.

    But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can claim to be up there with the best of them at Manchester United.

    The current Old Trafford boss has the third-highest win percentage of ANY manager in United’s history!

  • Anthony Chapman

    ‘WHO ARE WE?’

    Rio Ferdinand has questioned whether Manchester United stars are even listening to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    He told Vibe with Five: “It was an embarrassment. I've been there, we got beat 6-1 at home by Man City. But we had an identity to fall back on in a couple of weeks.

    “This is the problem for this team, they're struggling to find an identity and who they are. These are the questions, when you watch the game, you think 'what are we?'

    “Is the manager giving the players the right information? And if so, are the players not taking on the information?

    “That's what the manager needs to get to the bottom of because at the moment it looks like a team just thrown together.

    “They look like a team you watch and think 'are they coached properly?', 'are they taking in the information?'”

  • Anthony Chapman

    TAKING FIVE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could take over as Norway manager if he gets sacked by Manchester United after a short break, reports suggest.

    Jan Aage Fjortoft says Solskjaer could be the next Norway boss when current head coach Stale Solbakken calls it a day.

    But Fjortoft added that his compatriot will first take some time off between jobs.

    The former Middlesbrough ace tweeted: "Ole G [Solskjaer] will, as any manager, eventually get the sack.

    "Then he will take some time off. After that he will succeed Solbakken (when he says enough is enough) as Norwegian National Coach."

  • Anthony Chapman

    PRESSING ISSUE

    Rio Ferdinand insists Gary Neville is wrong to say Man Utd should only play on the counter-attack, insisting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men all need to be pressing.

    He said: “I saw Gary Neville say that Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba can't press. I don't agree with that, they can press. Any player can press if you're told to. 

    “If Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Sterling, Grealish, Mahrez… if they're not pressing the manager will drag them off the pitch. The same with Klopp at Liverpool. 

    “If Mane and Salah aren't pressing, do you think the manager will accept that? Get off the pitch. That's how ruthless Ole has got to be.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    CONT US OUT

    Man Utd opted against appointing Antonio Conte in 2018 because the club reportedly viewed him as a combative figure.

    United had just got rid of Jose Mourinho at the time after he created a toxic atmosphere at Old Trafford, ostracising players like Luke Shaw.

    Looking to avoid a repeat disaster of that kind, United rejected the opportunity to appoint Conte.

    The Italian had left Chelsea the previous summer after clashing with the board and some of his players – infamously freezing Diego Costa out of the squad and earning parting shots from Willian.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HEART AND SOL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly issued a passionate rallying cry to his beleaguered Manchester United flops on Sunday.

    Solskjaer held a meeting after the crushing loss where he begged his United players to fight.

    A club source told the Daily Mail: "It was made clear to the players that they all, including the manager, would get battered this week.

    "But the message was that the team either fights each other or fight back together."

  • Anthony Chapman

    DEVILS DETENTION

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly kept his Manchester United players in the dressing room for TWO HOURS after their thrashing at home to Liverpool.

    In a bid to get the seriousness of his message across after the Liverpool defeat, Manchester Evening News are reporting that he kept the players in the dressing room for two hours to make them understand the magnitude of the loss.

    The same outlet also claims Solskjaer could be in line for the axe as club chiefs consider his future.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WHAT’S HE DON?

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s selection decisions are even starting to leave some of his own players scratching their heads.

    Reports suggest Manchester United stars are struggling to understand why certain players are being left out of the squad.

    A report by the Manchester Evening News alleges players are questioning whether Solskjaer is making the right selection calls.

    Donny van de Beek’s situation is one of those reported to be causing internal ructions.

    Jesse Lingard is another midfielder struggling for appearance time at Old Trafford who is backed to shine if given the chance by Solskjaer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CAR BLIMEY

    Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United need a better manager as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not compare to the Premier League's elite.

    He said: “On Monday, I wasn't actually trying to be critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I actually think he's done a really good job to this point.

    "But right at this point now to take on Klopp, Guardiola and Tuchel, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, they need a better manager.

    "I don't want to get involved in a slanging match, I know Ole said something back and rightly so, he should back his own corner but, this thing about asking for managers to be sacked, I'm not comfortable saying that when it's "sacked", someone should go.

    "But when we talk about Manchester United as a team, we're comfortable saying Fred's not good enough, McTominay's not good enough and they need a new midfield player, so I don't feel too bad in terms of saying United need a better manager.

    "Solskjaer is not a manager for United when you want to go to the next level. Now it's the big boys. And Solskjaer will never be Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Thomas Tuchel."

  • Anthony Chapman

    SHOWDOWN TALKS

    Man Utd managing director Richard Arnold has cancelled all appointments to holds talks with co-owner Joel Glazer about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future, reports suggest.

    That is according to The Guardian, who report that Arnold has cleared his schedule on Monday for a meeting with Glazer regarding the under-fire manager's situation following Sunday's 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool.

    United's hierarchy are seriously considering the Norwegian head coach's future after taking one point from their past four Premier League games.

    But a potential decision would take place later on Monday as Glazer lives in Florida and is thus five hours behind the UK.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BREAKING

    Man Utd are considering SACKING Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before this weekend's game against Tottenham, according to reports.

    The under-fire Norwegian boss, 48, watched in horror as his side were ripped apart by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    And now, Manchester Evening News claim the club are considering axing Solskjaer.

    The ex-Cardiff chief could be given the boot BEFORE Saturday's game against Tottenham.

    Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane are already being linked with the United job.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EYE COULDN’T RESIST

    Specsavers mercilessly mocked Manchester United YouTuber Mark Goldbridge after his Liverpool prediction.

    The supporter claimed the Red Devils could get the better of a ‘very beatable’ Liverpool side on Sunday.

    But United were instead humiliated in a 5-0 thrashing at Old Trafford.

    And glasses provided Specsavers joined in the fun after the final whistle…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PAUL POSTS

    Paul Pogba has taken to Instagram to react to Manchester United's defeat to rivals Liverpool.

    The Frenchman was sent off on the hour mark after Anthony Taylor consulted VAR and changed his decision for Pogba's challenge on Naby Keita from a yellow card to a red.

    The 28-year-old has shared a picture of him trudging off the Old Trafford pitch after being given his marching orders.

    And he captioned the post: "No time to feel sorry for ourselves… Wake up, step up and make the next days better!"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SHAW IT COMING

    Red Devils left-back Luke Shaw wasn't surprised by United's drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.

    The 26-year-old said: “I think also maybe we can say this result was coming.

    “I think in past games where we've won, we haven't been at our best and we know that.

    “We felt that inside the dressing room and today we need to reflect and we have to move on from this because it hurts.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NOT UP FOR IT

    Zinedine Zidane is reportedly not interested in taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of Manchester United.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, the former Real Madrid boss does not want to return to management after leaving the Bernabeu at the end of last season.

    The 49-year-old Frenchman is said to be enjoying his break from the game.

    However despite the rumours he is still the bookies favourite to be the next manager at Old Trafford.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'LOST FAITH'

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly 'lost the faith' of a number of players in his Manchester United squad.

    According to ESPN, Solskjaer only has the support of his core British players and a small number of overseas stars.

    The Norwegian is said to be angering his dressing room for favouring out of form players, not resolving gaping defensive issues, and not giving the likes of Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard a chance.

    However the report does go on to state the atmosphere at the club is not 'as toxic as it was under Mourinho'.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    JESS CALM DOWN

    Jesse Lingard attempted to appease angry Man United fans during his side’s humiliating 5-0 home loss to Liverpool.

    The Red Devils forward was warming up near the corner flag when he was targeted by a section of peeved supporters at Old Trafford.

    Lingard, 28, was an unused substitute during the clash between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and Jurgen Klopp’s side.  

    Footage shared on Twitter shows the England and United ace responding to shouts and chants from some supporters by stating: “I’m not on the pitch”.

    The England ace revealed on Twitter: “It wasnt abuse! he said “work harder” like im not already doing that day in day out! and i said “im not even on the pitch” end of!!”

    SportBible reports that the video was apparently filmed in the first half with United 4-0 down by half-time in a Prem game for the first time in the club’s history.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SHAW THING

    Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has slammed his and his side's performance during yesterday's 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool.

    He fumed: "Not good enough. I know of course this game is a team sport, a team game, but I think as individuals we need to be accountable of some of the performances today.

    "And that's why I'm here now. I'm not hiding in there (in the dressing room), not speaking.

    "I come out, I say wasn't good enough and I speak on behalf of myself, not the team. I'm accountable for my performance and it wasn't good enough.

    "Like I said, I'm not here to speak about the team. We know we can be better but for me also I need to be better than I was today.

    "That's why I come here now, not hide, speak to you, and tell it how it is."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    JOG ON

    Gary Neville has blasted lazy Manchester United for failing to put in the hard yards during their humiliation by Liverpool.

    The Sky Sports pundit lashed out at the Red Devils’ lack of effort and gameplan as the visitors ran amok at Old Trafford.

    Neville said: “That Manchester United team are one of the lowest-running teams in the league, we see that in the stats.

    “And there's nothing worse than being told you are one of the lowest-running teams and that you are easy to play against.

    “But they are both. That is a poor reflection on the manager, the staff and the players.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STRUGGLES

    Mason Greenwood's heat map from yesterday's game shows just how much the 20-year-old struggled to get into the game.

    The forward was replaced at half time by Paul Pogba with United already four goals down.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FERGIE'S WORDS

    Antonio Conte has been linked with the Manchester United job as pressure mounts on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is a big fan of the Italian manager.

    Speaking about Conte back in 2017 to Sky Sports, Fergie said on the then Chelsea boss: "Fantastic, you see his energy on the pitch.

    "There's a true saying that the team mirrors the manager, and that's what they've done with him.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOLSKJAER FUTURE

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed Manchester United will come to a decision regarding the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the coming days.

    Pressure is mounting on the Norwegian after yesterday's annihilation at the hands of Liverpool, and following four games without a win in the Premier League.

    Romano revealed, via Twitter: "No meeting in the night for Man Utd board. They’ll decide final position in the next hours/days – Solskjaer has always been protected so far

    "#MUFC Rumours about Antonio Conte ‘not considering’ Man Utd job were NOT true. But no official talks yet."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    POOR COACHING

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hit out at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming the Red Devils are not being coached properly.

    He said on Match of the Day 2: "It wouldn't have mattered what midfield you put in there today because they're not for me looking like they're coached to press.

    "It doesn't matter if it's Pogba, Matic, Fred, or McTominay, if you're going to sit off people and not go and close them to win the ball to then get it to people with pace like Greenwood and Rashford…

    "If you're not coached to do that, then you will see mistakes from Maguire and Shaw, who we saw have an unbelievable Euros, because they're playing better and they're more coached, they know exactly what they need to be doing.

    "But they don't look like they know what they're doing [at Man Utd]."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PAUL GONE WRONG

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has accused Mason Greenwood of 'cheating' his team during their humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

    The 20-year-old stepped out of his side's shape to chase down Virgil van Dijk, a run which led to a catalogue of errors in their defensive structure.

    Just seconds later the ball was in the back of the net as Mo Salah fed Naby Keita to open the scoring.

    Speaking to Premier League Productions, Scholes said: "Tactically it was bad today, really bad.

    "But on the other side of that players have got to have some kind of common sense as well.

    "You think about Mason [Greenwood] in that first instance going to close him down, that was almost cheating.

    "He knew he wasn’t going to get the ball and he knew it looks like he was going to close him down but he knew he was just going to pass it and he can’t do anything.

    "It’s almost a cheating way of sprinting to him, they pass it and then he has a little walk back because he thought, ‘I’ve done my bit’."

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