Sir Alex Ferguson’s letter to Brendan Rodgers as Leicester manager linked with Man Utd

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly become one of the front-runners to take over at Manchester United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked in the near future. Solskjaer’s fate looked to be sealed with the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend, and a bad result against Tottenham on Saturday could see him given his marching orders.

There has been much talk over who Solskjaer’s successor could be in recent days, with Antonio Conte emerging as the early favourite.

However, United are now said to have cooled their interest in the former Chelsea boss due to his extortionate wage requests and demands for new signings.

According to ESPN, Rodgers has plenty of admirers at Old Trafford, and may well be contacted if Solskjaer is fired.

And one Red Devils legend who would no doubt approve of the appointment is Sir Alex Ferguson.

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The two are known to have a good relationship, which stems back to when Rodgers had a trial with United as a player at the age of just 14.

When Rodgers moved into management the pair stayed in touch, and back in 2014 the Northern Irishman opened up to Diario AS about a letter Ferguson had sent him after he was sacked by Reading in 2009.

“Yes he wrote to me there,” Rodgers said. “He’s done that with a lot of managers that were either out of work or sacked. He was a symbol of I suppose the managers’ union.

“I obviously highly respect Alex in what he has done in transforming Manchester United as a club, but there are many people and managers I have a big admiration for.”

Rodgers also further spoke of his admiration for Ferguson at a charity dinner in Glasgow in 2017, reminiscing on what an impression he made during his trial.

“Even back then what was apparent to me was that every time I went there I saw Alex Ferguson every single day,” he said.

“I was 14 and I was seeing him every day – but that was the work he put into everything, including the youths.

“He knew all the young coaches and was absolutely brilliant.”

The opportunity for Rodgers to follow in his hero’s footsteps at Old Trafford may just be too tempting for Rodgers to resist, despite the fact he is clearly enjoying his time at Leicester.

Ferguson is also likely to give his seal of approval for the appointment, given that his letter clearly demonstrates he has huge respect for Rodgers.

Whether or not anything ever materialises remains to be seen, but having the backing of Ferguson may just be Rodgers’ most powerful tool. 

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