Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers doesn’t think he has a chance at the Manchester United job, and has defended their current under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.
Brendan Rodgers was unceremoniously dumped by former club Liverpool FC earlier this season in favour of German sensation Jurgen Klopp. He has been unemployed since, and there have recently been rumours linking him to the Manchester United job, where current manager Louis van Gaal is facing criticism from all quarters.
In an interview with talkSPORT, the Welshman was quick to dismiss any chances of a move to his ex-club’s bitter rivals saying, “I think when you manage Liverpool that Manchester United job is gone!”
Van Gaal is not to blame
Rodgers extended his support to Dutch manager Louis van Gaal, who has come under increasing pressure because of Manchester United’s poor performances this season. He thinks that it is not the manager but the players who are not performing at the level expected of them.
“There is no way that Louis van Gaal is sending the players out to have the least amount of shots on target,”, he said of his former rival manager.
“It is one of those ones where the media have got their teeth into him and it is every day and every week now he gets the criticism. But this is a guy who has been at the top of his game for a long, long time. It is difficult for him but he would have known coming to this country what it is like.”
The sack looms over the Iron Tulip
The Dutchman’s problems were only added to in the weekend when the Red Devils had a single shot on target and Southampton FC went home with all 3 points, as the fans booed the players and the manager off the pitch.
United are currently 5th on the premier league table, 5 points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur and just 3 points ahead of Liverpool. The last time the Reds finished ahead of United was during the short lived reign of Scotsman David Moyes, who was sacked in the aftermath of the terrible performances by the team even before the season ended. It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself with Van Gaal.