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22nd November 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED have contacted Brendan Rodgers as they search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's successor, SunSport can reveal.

The Red Devils are prepared to stump up the £8million compensation it would cost to prize the former Celtic boss away from Leicester.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino would be willing to leave PSG and join United if the opportunity arose.

Michael Carrick will take charge of the side as United head to Spain for Tuesday's Champions League clash against Villarreal.

The former United midfielder spoke on Monday about Solksjae's 'emotional' exit from the club, which was confirmed on Sunday after a disastrous 4-1 defeat to Watford.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAUR AMBITION

    Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to taking over at Manchester United.

    That is according to Manchester Evening News, who also claim that Pochettino is prepared to join United mid-season.

    The same reports claims the Argentine head coach always had the ambition of managing the Red Devils.

    The former Tottenham boss was the board's first choice to replace Jose Mourinho in 2018 but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer impressed them during his stint as caretaker manager

  • Kostas Lianos

    GUNNAR BE OK 

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped out of his car to hug a Manchester United fan after leaving the training ground for the last time yesterday.

    United parted company with Solskjaer on Sunday morning after Saturday's 4-1 thrashing at Watford, which marked the final straw following a run of seven defeats in 13 matches across all competitions.

    A fan waited for him as he left the training centre at Carrington where he went earlier today to say goodbye to players and staff.

    A picture has since gone viral showing the manager and the supporter hugging as the latter bid him farewell.

    Solskjaer reportedly told him it has been an honour managing United for the last three years before taking off.

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEV-ER SAY NEVER

    Gary Neville believes Mauricio Pochettino would quit Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United in a heartbeat.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "I think Mauricio Pochettino — although he'd never say it — would leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.

    "He'd look at that group of players, he'd look at the club and he'd realise he'd probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.

    "At PSG you are on season by season, 'you've got to win the Champions League or you're out' — type of model. I don't think that suits Pochettino. I think he would absolutely come to Man United on a five-year deal, with backing behind him"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN UTD SQUAD

    Here are the players interim Manchester United manager Michael Carrick has called up for tomorrow's Champions League clash at Villarreal.

    Carrick has been put in temporary charge of United after former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal.

    The Red Devils will be without Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane and Mason Greenwood.

    CONFIRMED SQUAD: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Lee Grant, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Amad Diallo, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial.

  • Kostas Lianos

    VILLARREAL TEAM NEWS

    Villarreal manager Unai Emery will again be without the services of star player Gerard Moreno due to a hamstring injury.

    Former Tottenham ace Serge Aurier also won't feature as he is ineligible for the Champions League.

    The Yellow Submarine may have to make a late call on the fitness of Arnaut Danjuma and Etienne Capoue.

    But there is confidence that both Dnjuma and Capoue will pass fit for the big match at the Madrigal

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN UTD TEAM NEWS

    Manchester United take on Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday at the Madrigal.

    This marks United's first match following former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal and so Michael Carrick has been placed in charge for the time being.

    Carrick will be without Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane, who are sidelined with a tendon, thigh, head and hamstring injury respectively.

    Mason Greenwood is also unavailable as he recently tested positive for coronavirus

  • Kostas Lianos

    RONALDO TRIBUTE

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo issued a touching message to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his dismissal.

    Ronaldo tweeted: “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man United.

    “But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him.

    "Good luck, my friend! You deserve it”

  • Kostas Lianos

    'IT SNOWBALLED'

    Paul Merson claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign as Manchester United boss was ruined by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return.

    Merson told Sky Sports: "I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    “He had a plan at the start of the season, having finished second last season.

    “He's chased Jadon Sancho for a long time, got him in, and he's given Edinson Cavani another year.

    “Then, just before the season starts, he gets given Ronaldo. I think he's thrown it all out of the window. From day one, they're not a better team with Ronaldo in it.

    “You don't go 29 games unbeaten away without playing a certain way, and bringing Sancho in gave them another weapon to play that way.

    “With Ronaldo up there, you don't have that weapon to play on the counter-attack any more.

    “It's all snowballed for Solskjaer. He had a plan, and the Ronaldo situation threw it all out of the window, just before the season started.

    “They only went for him because they heard Man City were after him.

    “It's not like United were calling Juventus to ask if he's available because Ronaldo is the missing link for United winning the Premier League. He isn't!”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAUR UPDATES

    Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to quit the Parc des Princes and take over at Manchester United.

    That is according to the Daily Mail, who report that Pochettino is prepared to move back to the UK and replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm.

    That is because they claim the Argentine head coach is currently living in a hotel in Paris, while his family still live in England following his six years here coaching Southampton and Tottenham.

    United sacked Solskjaer following a poor start to the season despite a successful summer transfer window

  • Kostas Lianos

    RODGERS AND OUT

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been contacted by Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal, according to SunSport's Neil Custis.

    United are also prepared to pay £8million in compensation to the Foxes for Rodgers.

    The former Liverpool boss has a clause in his contract letting him speak to certain clubs if they come knocking — and the Red Devils are among them.

    Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning following a poor start to the season

  • Kostas Lianos

    WES SIDE STORY

    Chelsea are still holding talks with Leicester star Wesley Fofana ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The Blues are keeping tabs for a centre-back as they have four key defenders out of contract at the end of this season.

    Those are Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

    And according to Footmercato, the west Londoners are eyeing Fofana as a potential replacement should any of the aforementioned walk out as free agents.

    Manchester United are also interested in the 20-year-old, as are Real Madrid

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAGUIRE REACTS

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire says all the players are enduring the toughest time of their careers.

    Maguire said: “You look at the players at this football club and it is probably the toughest time of their careers at club level.

    “The players need to take a big responsibility for everything on and off the field.

    “We have not been good enough as individuals or collectively.

    “We were in it together as a group, the manager and the players and the manager has paid the price.

    “It has been a hard time for us as players because of the amount of respect we had for the boss and what he has done for us.

    “We have been on a journey together and it is never nice when someone loses their job”

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOL CRUSHING

    Interim Manchester United manager Michael Carrick has opened up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's "emotional" exit.

    Carrick said: "First of all it's been an emotional time for everyone at [the] club. I worked with Ole for three years and known him for a lot longer.

    "Knowing the person that he is, the values that he has, how he treats people. To see him lose his job was tough for me and a lot of people at the club. I think you can tell from the emotion yesterday what he meant to everyone.

    "Results are everything, as much as you build the right environment you don't get what you deserve. A massive thank you from us all"

  • Kostas Lianos

    SOUTHGATE REMINDER

    England boss Gareth Southgate has officially signed a new double-your-money £6million contract until December 2024, the FA has confirmed.

    Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland has also put pen to paper on a new deal, keeping the pair in charge of the Three Lions through until after the next European Championship.

    The English head coach has been in charge at St George’s Park since 2016, when he rose up from his role with the under-21s to replace Sam Allardyce.

    The 51-year-old has since taken England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of Euro 2020, as well as recently sealing qualification for Qatar 2022.

    A raft of Manchester United stars have played under him, such as Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and more

  • The Sun

    BUILDING BLOCKS

    LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester has paid tribute to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by hilariously re-creating his departure from Old Trafford in lego form.

    The lego Solskjaer figure leaves Old Trafford after three years at the club with nothing but a disappointed look on his face and his lego briefcase.

    Jenn McDonough, General Manager at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester, said: “Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure from Manchester United, we wanted to wish the former manager good luck with his future!

    “Our team built a replica Solskjaer outside our MINILAND’s Old Trafford to honour his three years he spent at the club. Hopefully whoever takes over from Ole can turn around the side’s fortunes this season and lead them to bricktory.”

  • The Sun

    KEEP CALM AND CARRICK ON

    Michael Carrick has been snapped taking Man Utd training as normal this afternoon after becoming caretaker manager in the wake of Solskjaer's sacking.

    The 40-year-old coach will pick the team for United's away trip to Villarreal tomorrow and will also likely be in charge for their trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

    Carrick confessed today that he doesn't know how long he will be in charge for, saying: “I'm prepared to do it for however long it takes.

    "Whether it's one game, two games, right now I'm not sure but I'm not thinking about that, it's about tomorrow."

    United travel to Villarreal to take on the side that beat them on penalties in last year's Europa League final tomorrow night.

    And can seal their qualification to the round of 16 with a win, with a game to spare.

    But a defeat and an Atalanta win against Young Boys would seriously jeopardise their chances of progressing in the competition.

  • The Sun

    CROWN JULE

    Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly told Manchester United to hire Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    A number of managers have been linked with the job, including Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag.

    But according to The Athletic, Mendes believes Lopetegui should be the man to take the club forward in the wake of Solskjaer's sacking.

    Lopetegui has previously coached a number of high-profile clubs – including Porto, Real Madrid and now Sevilla.

    He was also in charge of the Spain national team for two years, but was dismissed on the eve of the 2018 World Cup after agreeing to join Real Madrid.

    Lopetegui also knocked Solskjaer's Man Utd side out of the 2019-20 Europa League as Sevilla went on to lift the trophy for the fourth time in seven years.

    And he has guided them to consecutive top four finishes in La Liga, with the club currently third and two points from Real Madrid at the top.

    But it is believed that Pochettino is the club's first choice, if they are able to prise him away from the Parc des Princes.

    And reports suggest such an appointment could hang on whether PSG are able to persuade Zidane to replace him.

  • The Sun

    'WE HAVE NOT BEEN GOOD ENOUGH'

    Man Utd captain Harry Maguire has admitted that he and his teammates are enduring the toughest time of their careers following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Seven defeats from 13 games, including thrashings by Liverpool, Man City and Watford, ultimately spelled the end for the Norwegian at Old Trafford.

    And Maguire's form has also been criticised of late, as he was sent off for a clumsy tackle on Watford's Tom Cleverley in Saturday's 4-1 defeat.

    Speaking in today's press conference, Maguire said: “You look at the players at this football club and it is probably the toughest time of their careers at club level.

    “The players need to take a big responsibility for everything on and off the field. We have not been good enough as individuals or collectively.

    "We were in it together as a group, the manager and the players and the manager has paid the price.

    “It has been a hard time for us as players because of the amount of respect we had for the boss and what he has done for us.

    “We have been on a journey together and it is never nice when someone loses their job.”

    Maguire also revealed that Solskjaer gathered the players together yesterday to say goodbye and to wish them well for their game away to Villarreal tomorrow.

    He said: “He came and spoke to us and with the emotion around the place it was difficult to be in.

    “Everyone has a huge amount of respect for Ole, he is a legend at this club and will remain a legend.

    “He told us we need to get back on track and get focused for the Villarreal game and go into it with a positive mindset.

    “He said he would be supporting us in every game which just shows the values of the man.”

    The England international says that now is the time to get the club back on track – starting with their crucial tie against Villarreal tomorrow.

    He said: “Now we have to look forward and get this club back to where it was in the last two years.

    “We have got to move this club forward and find something from within ourselves and go and produce a performance for this club.”

  • The Sun

    NOTORIOUS RED

    Well-known Red Devils fan and MMA star Conor McGregor posted a tweet in support of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the news broke of his sacking yesterday.

    McGregor had previously backed Ole and defended him after fans turned on him and demanded retribution for the team's recent poor form.

    He tweeted: "I want to give a major shout out, and a huge thank you to the living legend that is Ole Gunnar Solskjær!

    "Ole you are forever, Sir! Icon! Inspiration! Hero! Legend! Thank you Ole."

    He then posted a separate tweet showing images of Solskjaer lifting the Champions League trophy after his extra-time winner in 1999.

  • The Sun

    CARRICK PRESS CONFERENCE

    Michael Carrick has given his first press conference as interim boss at Manchester United and spoke in detail about the last 24 hours at the club.

    He said: "First of all it’s been an emotional day for myself and everyone at the club — working with Ole for three years and knowing the person that he is and the values he has – to see Ole unfortunately lose his job was tough for me."

    "Ole understands that results in this business are everything and as much as you build a foundation, sometimes you don’t always get what you deserve.

    "I want to say a massive thank you to Ole from me and the staff. It’s been a pleasure working with him."

    "I found out [about Solskjær leaving] yesterday morning at the training ground, I didn't know anything before that.

    "I arrived and spoke to Ed [Woodward]. It was bit of a rushed end to organising training and the day's work."

    "Football is football and it’s business as usual. It’s a privilege for me to sit in this position but we’ve got a big game to prepare for tomorrow.”

    Carrick also revealed he doesn't know how long it will take the club to appoint a new manager and how long he will be in temporary charge at the club.

    He added: "I'm not too sure [how long he'll be in charge] but that's not really something that's on my mind. It's about tomorrow. It's a really big game for us.

    “Obviously it’s a challenge [only having one day of training], coming to terms to the situation, but quite quickly you have to move forward.

    "It’s such a privilege to work for this club. I’m throwing myself into doing everything I can.”

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  • The Sun

    HOMETOWN GLORY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's hometown of Kristiansund in Noway has erected a sign in tribute to the recently sacked Manchester United manager.

    He was given the boot by the the club yesterday after seven defeats in their last 13 games – having spent three years as Old Trafford boss.

    But hordes of fans, pundits and players have rallied behind him to thank him for his efforts and commitment to the club.

    And Solskjaer evidently remains very highly thought of in his native Norway, where he returned for a brief spell with his family during the international break.

  • The Sun

    BRUNO'S APPROVAL

    Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes spoke about the new interim head coach Michael Carrick to the Utd Podcast ahead of their European tie with Villarreal tomorrow.

    And the Portuguese playmaker was full of praise for him, commenting on Carrick's technical ability and his mentality.

    Fernandes said: “I was watching in training and Carrick was playing because we had players missing and he didn’t miss a pass.

    “It’s unbelievable how fresh and sharp he is doing the exercises with us, and I was talking with Fred and I was going to say to him, ‘Hey, watch him playing and do the same!’ but I thought it was unfair and so I didn’t say it!”

    “But it was amazing — if someone from outside came to watch training, nobody would say this guy isn’t playing in the team.

    “He’s a player who has that quality of passes and also when we need to do some finishing or passing exercises, he’s always there helping us with the balls.

    “I’m learning a lot from him and he’s one of the people I like to listen to, because he was a big player, he won a lot of trophies for the club and for me you have to learn from these players.”

  • The Sun

    'GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND'

    Cristiano Ronaldo has posted an emotional tribute to the recently sacked Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his social media.

    The Portugal striker praised the Norwegian's character and wished him luck for the future as his former teammate departs from Old Trafford after three years.

    The 36-year-old said: "He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man United.

    But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck my friend."

    Credit: Reuters
  • The Sun

    MERRY-GO-ROUND

    According to BBC Sport, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane would be more interested in taking over at PSG than Manchester United.

    Reports also suggest that current PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to quit the Parc des Princes to become the new Man Utd manager.

    And Zidane, who is currently without a club, would then replace him in Paris, with Pochettino reportedly unhappy with his role at the club.

    Pochettino is thought to be frustrated in his limited role as head coach, with PSG sporting director Leonardo handling all broader footballing issues.

    Though the former Spurs boss is reportedly reluctant to force a move midway through the season and would only leave if PSG had a replacement lined up.

    Zidane is thought to be tempted by the PSG job, which would make the prospect of Pochettino becoming the United boss now more realistic.

    Credit: Reuters
  • The Sun

    GOING NOWHERE

    According to Sky Sports, Man Utd chief executive Ed Woodward could delay his long-awaited departure from the club to oversee the appointment of a new manager.

    Woodward announced that he would be quitting his current role at the club to be replaced by Richard Arnold in April after the collapse of the proposed European Super League.

    But Sky Sports are reporting that Woodward will now postpone his departure in order to steady the ship and appoint a new permanent manager to replace Solskjaer.

    If United's statement is to be believed, the club are looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season, when their more long-term targets will be available.

    This means that Woodward will likely stay in his current role for another eight or nine months and could be in charge for the transfer window next summer.

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